APEDA, NAFED ink MoU to strengthen export linkage for farmer cooperatives & FPOs

APEDA, NAFED ink MoU to strengthen export linkage for farmer cooperatives & FPOs
According to the MoU, the key areas of cooperation include facilitating APEDA registered exporters getting assistance under all the Central government’s schemes implemented through NAFED

In order to harnessing exports potential of agricultural and processed food products of cooperatives as well farmer producer organisations (FPOs), Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India has said.

According to the MoU, the key areas of cooperation include facilitating APEDA registered exporters getting assistance under all the Central government’s schemes implemented through NAFED. The MoU also envisages ensuring sustainability and growth of exports by cooperatives by addressing issues such as technology, skill, quality products and market access.

The collaborations between APEDA and NAFED, registered under the Multi State Co-operative Societies Act, also support engaging cooperatives involved in agricultural production for improving the quality of agri-produce and its consolidation for better price realisation to the farmers.

APEDA would facilitate exports by the cooperatives, FPO’s, partners and associates identified and promoted by NAFED.

APEDA and NAFED will also facilitate participation of farmers’ cooperatives in global trade including B2B and B2C fairs to be organised in India and abroad and also to mutually cooperate in international business development and promotions.

The MoU also entails providing assistance towards capacity building of cooperative societies and self-help groups (SHGs) for their social and environmental compliances and skilling as per international standards. Both the organisations would organise awareness programmes such as skill development programmes and workshops at regional, state and national levels.

APEDA and NAFED have also agreed to work in close coordination towards sustainable cluster development of the clusters in various states notified under Agri Export Policy.

The MoU was signed by Dr. M. Angamuthu, Chairman, APEDA and Sanjeev Kumar Chadha, Managing Director, NAFED. The MoU was signed for utilising both the organisations’ expertise by mutually working together to synergise the activities in the interest of agriculture and allied sectors for bringing better value to the stakeholders.

APEDA has been focusing on collaborative approach to bring synergy with number of organisations and institutions having inherent professional and specialised expertise in different areas for capacity building of various stakeholders and providing solutions for addressing some of the identified interventions for the development of agriculture and its export enhancement in consonance with the objectives set under Agri Export Policy (AEP) announced by Government of India in 2018, the ministry has said.

AEP was framed with a focus on agriculture export oriented production, export promotion, better price realisation to farmer and synchronisation within policies and programmes of Government of India. It focuses on “farmers’ centric approach” for improved income through value addition at source itself to help minimise losses across the value chain.

The exports policy therefore suggests to adopt the approach of developing product specific clusters in different agro climatic zones of the country to help in dealing with various supply side issues viz., soil nutrients management, higher productivity, adoption of market oriented variety of crop, use of Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) among others.

APEDA has been engaged with state governments for the implementation of AEP. The states of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Manipur, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Meghalaya have finalised the state specific action plan for exports while the action plans of other states are at different stages of finalisation.

At present, NAFED is creating a network of honey FPOs across Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Around 65 FPOs will be part of honey corridor linking north-west to north-eastern regions. NAFED is aiming at bringing all the FPOs associated with honey production for creating requisite infrastructure under the National Beekeeping and Honey Mission, NAFED’s  subsidiary Federation of Indian FPOs and Aggregators (FIFA) is currently partnering with FPOs and private sector, the ministry has informed.

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