In an effort to up the export value chain, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC).
The ministry of Commerce and Industry in a statement said that the MoU has been signed for the implementation of the Agri Export Policy and to strengthen the export value chain.
The MoU is for utilizing both the organizations’ expertise by working together to synergize the activities in the interest of agriculture and allied sectors for bringing better value to the stakeholders.
The MoU’s mandate is to infuse and disseminate technologies jointly with APEDA in the areas of climate-resilient agriculture related to zero carbon emission farming to produce residue/carbon-free food for exports.
As per the MoU document, both organisations will cooperate in collaborative projects for the commercialisation of embedded technology related to agri and food processing at various levels of the value chain to boost the export of agri products.
Further the key areas of cooperation will include developing and improvising farm machinery for low cost, user-friendly and energy-efficient tools for small scale farmers, promoting and supporting Agri-start-ups associated with the NRDC Incubation Centre (NRDCIC) for engagement in agri-exports and strengthening of the start-up ecosystem, and for nomination of expert resources of NRDC and APEDA for mutual knowledge sharing. NRDC is an enterprise of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research with the primary objective to promote, develop and commercialize the technologies, know-how, inventions and patents.