APEDA expands global footprints for India’s exports of fruits and vegetables; Purvanchal, UP a new export hub

For the first time, Banarasi mangoes are being exported to London, Dubai and other parts of the world under Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) supervision, according to the Union ministry of commerce and industry.

A consignment of 1.2 and 3 metric tonnes of mangoes were dispatched from Varanasi for London and Dubai, respectively. In addition, 520 tonnes of regional rice, 3 tonnes of fresh vegetables and 80 tonnes of regional rice were exported to Qatar, London and Australia, respectively, during the Covid pandemic in 2020, after Apeda’s intervention. 

The export of the first trial shipment of 14 tonnes green chilly was facilitated by Apeda from Varanasi to Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port in December 2019. With its assistance, Uttar Pradesh’s Purvanchal region emerged as a new hub for India’s agricultural products exports through development of the Varanasi Agri-Export Hub.

In the last six months, about 20,000 tonnes of agri-produce was exported from Purvanchal region, the ministry said. Working in close collaboration with the ministry of commerce & industry, the Apeda has taken several initiatives in making landlocked Purvanchal region as a new destination of agri-export activities through development of Varanasi Agri – Export Hub (VAEH). The Purvanchal division covers districts of Varanasi, Mirzapur, Azamgarh, Prayagraj, Gorakhpur, Basti, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Chandauli and Sant Ravidas Nagar. 

Varanasi and nearby areas witnessed an export of around 12 tonnes, 22 tonnes and 45 tonnes in the months of October, November, December, respectively, in the year 2021. Also, around 125 tonnes have been exported from Varanasi and nearby areas, the ministry said. As Varanasi is a territory based in the plains of river Ganges, it has rich nutritional composition of soil with ample amount of fertility which leads to production of good quality agri-produce. The region also has reputed institutions of central and international level such as Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Banaras Hindu University (BHU). The newly established international airport in Kushinagar may play a vital role in triggering the export. 

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