APEDA launches initiatives to popularise agricultural produce from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh

The Agricultural and Processed Meals Merchandise Export Enhancement Authority (APEDA) has started a few initiatives to popularise some of the special agricultural products from the union territories of Jammu, Kashmir and Lakadh these as the aromatic rice variety Mushkbudji, Acacia honey and Kashmir valley apples.

By now, professional shipments of Ladakh Halman apricots from Leh to Dubai have started for the to start with time during August-September, with the exports staying taken care of by neighborhood business people from Kargil.

A push release from the Commerce Ministry, below which APEDA functions, claimed samples of Mushkbudji rice and Acacia honey were being despatched in August to Dubai, Oman and other West Asian marketplaces. Samples of apples developed in the Kashmir valley have also been despatched to the same marketplaces.

Typical materials of this produce to West Asia will commence as soon as the export benefit chain is set up, it claimed.

APEDA, which has the mandate to boost agricultural exports from the a few union territories, has also taken the initiative to sensitise growers, exporters, authorities officials and other stakeholders on prerequisites below the Nationwide Programme for Natural Manufacturing (NPOP). This is essential for exports to select up.

This has resulted in Kashmir Saffron, a GI tag solution, staying delivered to Dubai and other West Asia marketplaces during March-April this yr and the Mishri variety of Kashmir valley cherries to Dubai during June-July. The cherries are receiving repeat export orders, the release claimed.

Besides, solution samples of seabuckthorn these as juice, pulp, concentrate, oil and herbal fusion tea were being presented to Indian corporate foodstuff producers for growth of products for the domestic and abroad marketplaces last month. The products could acquire some time to start in the intercontinental foodstuff industry, the release claimed.

APEDA sensitised officials of seed certification, the Directorate of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Sher-e-Kashmir College of Agricultural Sciences and Technological innovation (SKUAST) of Srinagar and Jammu Locations for their convergence into the Natural Certification Company below NPOP during July 2021.

The authority signed memorandums of comprehending with Sher-e-Kashmir College of Agricultural Sciences and Technological innovation and Jammu & Kashmir Trade Advertising Organisation (JKTPO) for specialized aid and marketing actions, for enhancing productivity and promotion of possible products from the area.

The release claimed thinking of the possible and forthcoming need to have of export infrastructure for the area, APEDA took up the challenge of comprehensive export logistics prerequisites for the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Central Warehousing Company and other worried departments in July 2021 for generation of customs clearance facility, sleek X-ray and handling of perishable commodities and issuance of Phytosanitary Certification facility at Jammu, Srinagar and Leh airports.

APEDA also organised digital purchaser-seller meets in Jammu and Kashmir regions to produce business enterprise enquiries and 34 stakeholders from Kashmir and 25 stakeholders from Jammu participated in the meet.

APEDA has also created and presented a draft Agri Export System for the Kashmir valley and Jammu division, other than identifying possible export products these as apple, cherry, walnut, honey, saffron, rice and gucchi.

The union territory of Ladakh is in the system of creating an agri export prepare covering possible export products these as seabuckthorn and apricots.

APEDA planned a stakeholders’ session involving begin-ups, business people, cooperatives, FPOs, FPCs, UT officials, worried officials from the agriculture university, KVKs, ICAR institutions to increase export of possible products from the UT of Jammu and Kashmir during September 2021, the release claimed.

APEDA also co-organised a Vanijya Utsav in Leh during September 21-22, exactly where discussions on linking products from the union territory to the intercontinental industry were being held with the stakeholders, the release added.