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

The Agricultural and Processed Food Goods Export Development Authority (APEDA) has started a couple of initiatives to popularise some of the unique agricultural products from the union territories of Jammu, Kashmir and Lakadh such as the fragrant rice wide range Mushkbudji, Acacia honey and Kashmir valley apples.

Now, business shipments of Ladakh Halman apricots from Leh to Dubai have started for the very first time during August-September, with the exports getting handled by community entrepreneurs from Kargil.

A press release from the Commerce Ministry, under which APEDA capabilities, reported samples of Mushkbudji rice and Acacia honey had been 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 similar marketplaces.

Typical materials of this deliver to West Asia will begin after the export price chain is recognized, it reported.

APEDA, which has the mandate to encourage agricultural exports from the 3 union territories, has also taken the initiative to sensitise growers, exporters, federal government officials and other stakeholders on requirements under the Countrywide Programme for Natural and organic Production (NPOP). This is very important for exports to select up.

This has resulted in Kashmir Saffron, a GI tag product or service, getting shipped to Dubai and other West Asia marketplaces during March-April this year and the Mishri wide range of Kashmir valley cherries to Dubai during June-July. The cherries are having repeat export orders, the release reported.

Other than, product or service samples of seabuckthorn such as juice, pulp, focus, oil and natural fusion tea had been furnished to Indian corporate meals producers for development of products for the domestic and abroad marketplaces very last month. The products may possibly take some time to start in the global meals market place, the release reported.

APEDA sensitised officials of seed certification, the Directorate of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies (SKUAST) of Srinagar and Jammu Regions for their convergence into the Natural and organic Certification Company under NPOP during July 2021.

The authority signed memorandums of being familiar with with Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies and Jammu & Kashmir Trade Advertising Organisation (JKTPO) for technical support and marketing routines, for improving productiveness and promotion of opportunity products from the location.

The release reported thinking about the opportunity and forthcoming require of export infrastructure for the location, APEDA took up the challenge of thorough export logistics requirements for the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Central Warehousing Corporation and other involved departments in July 2021 for development of customs clearance facility, clean X-ray and managing of perishable commodities and issuance of Phytosanitary Certification facility at Jammu, Srinagar and Leh airports.

APEDA also organised virtual purchaser-seller satisfies in Jammu and Kashmir locations to make small business enquiries and 34 stakeholders from Kashmir and twenty five stakeholders from Jammu participated in the satisfy.

APEDA has also designed and furnished a draft Agri Export Strategy for the Kashmir valley and Jammu division, aside from identifying opportunity export products such as apple, cherry, walnut, honey, saffron, rice and gucchi.

The union territory of Ladakh is in the approach of producing an agri export plan covering opportunity export products such as seabuckthorn and apricots.

APEDA planned a stakeholders’ session involving commence-ups, entrepreneurs, cooperatives, FPOs, FPCs, UT officials, involved officials from the agriculture college, KVKs, ICAR institutions to augment export of opportunity products from the UT of Jammu and Kashmir during September 2021, the release reported.

APEDA also co-organised a Vanijya Utsav in Leh during September 21-22, the place conversations on linking products from the union territory to the global market place had been held with the stakeholders, the release additional.