On Thursday, June 10, 2021, Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan said that outbound shipments of organic products registered a surge of $1,040 million in the last fiscal as compared to $689 million a year ago, leading to an increase in overall agricultural exports.
India’s organic farm export surged by 51%
India’s exports of organic Farm products grew by 51 per cent in 2020-21 beating Covid-19 induced hiccups in the supply chain. Farm exports grew by 17% to $41.25 billion in the last fiscal year.
In quantitative terms, the exports of organic products grew by 39 per cent, from 6,38,998 to 8,88,179 tonnes in the last fiscal year. This, suggests a strong growth in demand.
Farm Exports at $41.25 billion in FY21
As far as overall agricultural exports are concerned, the country recorded remarkable growth despite the logistical and operational hurdles posed by the pandemic, as demand for staples jumped. Exports of agriculture and allied products including marine and plantation products increased to $41.25 billion in FY21 from $35.16 billion a year ago, Wadhawan said.
List of products that were mentioned in
India being a tropical and sub-tropical nation provides a fruitful environment for farm products, thus it is a major producer of many organic farm products. However, the major organic products exported in 2020-21 include cereals, cakes and meals, medicinal plant products, oilseeds, millets, tea, spices and condiments, dry fruits, sugar, pulses and coffee.
Indian Organic products were shipped across the globe
The products were exported to 58 destinations around the world. Mainly include the US, European Union, UK, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, South Korea and Israel.
India’s organic farm production
According to the Indian Organic Food Marketing Report, the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh have the largest area with organic certification. In addition, Sikkim, a north-eastern province in India, declared itself the world’s first “organic state”, as all of its farmland (76,000 hectares) has been certified organic since 2015.
Government initiatives to boost exports
The bountiful harvest of certain crops, especially cereals, sustained efforts by exporters in challenging times, attractive prices abroad and push through various initiatives by the government – including an agricultural export policy, the establishment of clusters and easier compliance – have helped exports promotion.
Other products witnessed growth
Wadhawan said exports of non-basmati rice jumped by 136 per cent to $4,794.54 million; Wheat grew by 774 per cent to $549 million; and other grains (millet, corn and other coarse benefits) rose by 238 per cent to $694 million.
Other farm commodities that posted a substantial increase in exports were sugar 42 per cent to $2,790 million, oil meals 90 per cent to $1,575 million, raw cotton 79 per cent to $1,897 million, vegetable oils 254 per cent to $603 million and fresh vegetables 11 per cent to $721 million.