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First consignment of vegetables from Uttarakhand exported to UAE

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NEW DELHI : The first consignment of vegetables and fruits from Uttarakhand, including curry leaf, okra, pear and bitter gourd, sourced from the farmers of Haridwar, was exported on Monday to Dubai.

“The exports of vegetables come after a consignment of millets grown in Uttarakhand was exported to Denmark in May 2021,” per an official release of the Commerce & Industry Ministry.

APEDA, in collaboration with Uttarakhand Agriculture Produce Marketing Board (UKAPMB) & Just Organik, an exporter, sourced & processed ragi (finger millet), and jhingora (barnyard millet) from farmers in Uttarakhand for exports, which meets the organic certification standards of the European Union, the release added.

In 2020-21, India exported fruits and vegetables valued at ₹11,019 crore compared to ₹10,114 crore worth of exports in 2019-20, which is an increase of close to 9 per cent.

“APEDA would continue to focus on the Uttarakhand region both in terms of capacity building, quality upgradation, and infrastructure development by linking buyers to farmers through strengthening the entire supply chain of agricultural produce,” a commerce ministry statement said.

In 2020-21, India exported fruits and vegetables valued at ₹11,019 crore compared to ₹10,114 crore worth of exports in 2019-20, which is an increase of close to 9%. APEDA undertakes market promotion activities for export of food products, market intelligence for making informed decisions, international exposure, skill development, capacity building and high-quality packaging.

India broke into the top 10 list of agricultural produce exporters in 2019 with a sizeable share in the export of rice, cotton, soya beans and meat, according to a World Trade Organization (WTO) report on the trends in world agricultural trade in the past 25 years. India replaced New Zealand as the 9th largest exporter of agri-produce with a 3.1% share in global agri-exports.

Source : mint

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