In the past six years, the state of Assam saw a growth of around 80 percent in the exports of agriculture products, mainly to Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Middle East, the UK and Europe. The volume of exports increased from US$2.5 million to US$17.2 million.
Items exported are bhut jalakia, lemon, joha rice, black rice, brown rice, zinger, pumpkin, jack fruits, litchi, bean, brinjal, turmeric, betel nut, non-Basmati rice, etc. It led the region's youth to involve themselves in organic farming for quality products for exports.
APEDA (Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development and Authority) is extending all support to make Assam and the Northeast an Agri-export hub. It made the region registers 85.34 percent growth in exports in the past six years. APEDA Chairman M. Angamuthu: "Assam and the Northeast have a favourable climate condition and soil type for growing almost all agricultural and horticultural crops. As most of the states in the Northeast share their borders with Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and China, there are possibilities of enhancing exports from the region."
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