To boost agricultural and processed food products exports especially from Karnataka, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Agricultural Science (UAS) Bangalore.
Key areas of cooperation
The key areas of cooperation include developing technologies with APEDA for advanced alertness, efficient & precision farming for enhancing quality exports; diversifying the export basket, destinations, and boosting high-value Agri exports by establishing Brand India globally by increasing agri-exports from Karnataka under the Agri Export Policy(AEP).
Collaborations between APEDA and UAS will also help in improving forward and backward linkages, increasing participation in international exhibitions and fairs, branding and marketing, forming a market intelligence cell, and developing traceability systems.
Farmers, entrepreneurs, exporters, and other stakeholders will be able to participate in APEDA and UAS, Bangalore-hosted B2B and B2C fairs to promote agri-businesses and exports, as well as mutually cooperate in market development and traceability in millets and millet products, fresh fruits like mango, vegetables, jaggery, and processed fruits and vegetables. Promotion and hand-holding of Farmer Producer Organizations or companies can link them with international markets.
The MoU will help in the development of Agri entrepreneurs, technopreneurs’ capacity building, robust skill development, and building a collaborative approach for promoting export through product-specific clusters.
Post Graduate Certification course to be started
APEDA and UAS, Bangalore have also decided to collaborate closely to develop a capacity-building centre for farmers at UAS, Bangalore, just to encourage university students to promote agri-businesses for export. In addition, with the help of APEDA, a Post Graduate Certification course will be started.
The MoU will also help in the creation of an end-to-end sustainable value chain of horticulture/livestock produce with APEDA in order to encourage and promote a better consignment commitment to importing nations and developing standard operating procedures of potential products for exports.
APEDA has been focusing on a collaborative approach to bring synergy with a number of organizations and institutions with inherent professional and specialized expertise in various areas for capacity building of several stakeholders and providing them solutions for addressing some of the identified interventions for agriculture development and export enhancement in accordance with the objectives of AEP.
About Agri Export Policy
AEP was launched in 2018 with an emphasis on agricultural export-oriented production, export promotion, improved price realization to farmers, and synchronization with Government’s different policies and programmes. The policy focuses on a “Farmers’ Centric Approach” to increase revenue by value addition at the source and reducing losses throughout the value chain. This policy will enable farmers to get the benefit of export opportunities in overseas markets.