Assam exports maize for the first time to Bangladesh

The North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMC) has flagged off the first ever export consignment of Maize to Bangladesh.

Though, the initial export order is only for 50 Metric tonnes (MT) of Maize, NERAMAC expects that this will open the floodgate for exporting the varied agri-horti produces of North East India to newer markets.

The export consignment has been sourced from the farms of Burigaon in Darrang District and will give a further boost to farmers’ income, especially during this pandemic situation.

The agriculture minister of the Government of Assam, Atul Bora, sent off the shipment in the presence of a host of dignitaries. The minister on the occasion said “We have immense potential for tapping new markets and bringing better earnings for the farmers of Assam. I would like to congratulate NERAMAC in this endeavor and hope that this is the start of many more export transactions”.

Manoj K Das, Managing Director, NERAMAC said “This initial order is a learning experience for team NERAMAC and this is only the beginning. Bangladesh requires about 43 Lakh MT of Maize every year and more than half can be met from NER. Also, in future there can be ancillary industries like corn flakes, furfural alcohol from hops etc.”

NERAMAC’s partner in Bangladesh is Simura Industrial & Mercantile Company Ltd for this transaction.

NERAMAC, under the Assam government, has been focusing on improving the condition of farmers of the North-Eastern Region by providing them a platform to sell their produces at a fair and reasonable price.

Shampa Bahadur has been a business journalist for more than two decades. She has written for Business India, PTI Media TransAsia and India Infrastructure Publication Ltd among others. She has also written coffee table books. She can be reached at shampa@indoasiancommodities.in

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