Northeast India's agri-product exports have increased by 85% in the past six years.

Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and Europe have been the main export destinations for agricultural products from N-E states . The Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (Apeda) has conducted field visits to importers to gain firsthand experience of farmers quality cultivation practices .

New Delhi, December 9: According to India's Commerce and Industry Ministry, the region's export of agricultural products increased by 85.34 per cent over the last six years.Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and Europe have been the main export destinations for agricultural products from N-E states such as Sikkim, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, and Meghalaya.The Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (Apeda) has conducted field visits to importers to gain firsthand experience of farmers' quality cultivation practices.On March 10, 2022, the Apeda hosted an international buyer-seller meet (BSM) in Guwahati, Assam, where exhibitors from around the state displayed a wide variety of agri-horti products, including agricultural indication (GI)-products such as fresh fruits, vegetables, processed food products, black rice, red rice, joha rice, spices, tea, coffee, honey, and organic items.

Apeda has also promised to carry out various other projects, including the capacity-building of 80 promising entrepreneurs and exporters from the area.The farmer producer associations (FPOs) and farmer producer companies (FPCs), as well as the state government, are involved in skill development and development in food processing and value addition on horticultural products, among other things.NER also contributed to the branding and promotion of Northeast products such as KIWI Wine and processed foods.In addition, Apeda organised skill-development events for manufacturers, exporters, and entrepreneurs to use local produce for value addition and export, among other things.

Assams local fruit called Leteku (Burmese Grape) was exported to Dubai, and Assams betel leaves were also exported to London regularly.Apeda is encouraging states to harness the benefits of agri produce exports.The apex body aims to provide a platform for consumers to obtain the goods directly from the producer group and the processors.

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