APEDA Chairman: Special action Plan for Promote Exports of Agricultural and Processed Food Products
A special action plan will be drawn up to promote exports of agricultural and processed food products in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Dr. M. Angamuthu Chairman Agricultural and Processed Food Products Development Authority (APEDA) said. He was the chief guest at the ‘Interaction Meet with Exporters’ event organized on Monday at Taj Banjara under the auspices of Apeda Hyderabad Regional Office.
Mr. L. Venkatram Reddy CommissioneTelangana State Horticulture Department, Mr. Keshavulu Director Organic Seed Certification Authority, exporters of agricultural and processed food products from Telangana, Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh, Apeda Regional Incharge Nagpal Lokare, officials and staff are present.
On this occasion, APEDA Chairman Dr. M. Angamuthu said that Telangana and Andhra Pradesh region have special priority for agricultural and processed food products and there is a demand in the world. In view of this, it has been decided to formulate a special action plan as part of providing adequate resources for the export of products in the region to other countries, he said, adding that the program was set up to receive inputs such as hints and suggestions from exporters in this regard. Based on this action plan, complete information on the export of required products to other countries will be provided.
“We have Ambassadors in 150 countries around the world but we have found demand for our products in 60 countries,” he said. Exporters are urged to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the government to promote exports to orders.
Exporters have appealed to the chairman to take steps to address the problems they face in exporting their products to other countries. He said the focus should be on resolving the problems faced in the utilization of rail, air and shipping facilities in the case of transport and taking special initiative on issues like GST and concessions in other states. In response, the chairman directed Commissioner Venkatram Reddy and Director Keshavulu to convene a special meeting on behalf of the government to resolve the issues of the exporters. He assured that steps would be taken to ensure that apart the id officials as well as railway, shipping and aviation GST officials attend the meeting.
Chairman, Horticulture Commissioner Mr. L.Venkatram Reddy pointed out that there is a good potential for export of fresh mangoes, flowers and vegetables from Telangana. Mr. Keshavulu, Director, Organic Seed Certification Authority, asked the Chairman to take appropriate steps to ensure that organic crops are grown on 3,000 acres of land in the state and to provide incentives in terms of organization to the farmers who cultivate them.
Earlier, the chairman had a meeting with Telangana Chief Secretary Mr. Somesh Kumar. Exports of agricultural and food products, reviewed on their opportunities.