Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) on 22 April to synergize the activities in the interest of agriculture and allied sectors.
The MoU was signed by Secretary APEDA, and NRDC CMD Commodore (Rtd) Amit Rastogi in the presence of APEDA Chairman Dr M. Angamuthu, IAS at APEDA head office in New Delhi.
A boost to the export value chain, Climate Action & more
The MoU between APEDA & NRDC aims to implement the Agri Export Policy of the government while also strengthening the export value chain.
The goal of the MoU is to infuse and disseminate innovations in the fields of climate-resilient agriculture and zero-carbon farming to produce residue/carbon-free food for export in collaboration with APEDA.
Further, both APEDA & NRDC will formulate collaborative initiatives for the commercialization of embedded technology connected to agro and food processing at various levels of the value chain in order to promote Agri product exports.
Key Areas of Focus
The MoU will majorly focus on the development and improvement of farm machinery for low-cost, user-friendly, and energy-efficient tools for small-scale farmers.
Both the organisations will work towards the promotion and support of Agri Start-ups associated with the NRDC Incubation Centre (NRDCIC) for engagement in agri-exports and strengthening of the Startup ecosystem. It also calls for the nomination of NRDC/APEDA expert resources for mutual knowledge sharing among other key areas of cooperation.
About Agri Export Policy
Agri Export Policy was launched in 2018 with a focus on agriculture export-oriented production, export promotion, better farmer realization and synchronization within policies and programmes of the Government. APEDA has been focused on a collaborative strategy to bring synergy with a variety of organisations and institutions that have intrinsic professional and specialised skills in various fields.
It focuses on the “Farmers’ Centric Approach” for improved income through value addition at the source itself to help minimize losses across the value chain.
The policy also focuses on developing product-specific clusters in various agro-climatic zones of the country to help with various supply-chain issues such as soil nutrients management, higher productivity, adoption of a market-oriented variety of crops, and use of good agriculture practices, among others.