APEDA providing assistance to exporters of agri, processed food products

Under its 12th Plan Central Sector Scheme, titled Agriculture Export Promotion Plan Scheme of APEDA, the Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA), an autonomous organisation under the Department of Commerce,has been providing assistance to the exporters of the agricultural and processed food products under the various components of the scheme, namely infrastructure development, market promotion, quality development and transport assistance.

Moreover, the exporters of the agricultural and processed food products have also been getting assistance under various export promotion schemes of the department of commerce, namely the Market Access Initiative (MAI) Scheme, the Market Development Assistance (MDA) Scheme and the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS).

The export promotion schemes are primarily aimed at assisting exporters of agricultural and processed food products and creating export-oriented infrastructure for such products.Benefits derived by the small and marginal farmers from such schemes would be indirect in nature and hence cannot be assessed.

Exporters of agricultural and processed food products from the state of Rajasthan are eligible for availing assistance under the various export promotion schemes of the commerce department and APEDA. The latter has provided financial assistance to various agencies of the government of Rajasthan for setting up common infrastructure facilities for exports as under:

Serial number Name of the project Name of the beneficiary APEDA’s assistance(inRs lakh)
1 Pack house for Sohela (2006-07) Rajasthan State Agriculture Marketing Board 323.66
2 Pack house for Muhana (2006-07) Rajasthan State Agriculture Marketing Board 292.50
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Pack house for Chomu (2006-07) Rajasthan State Agriculture Marketing Board 315.75
4 Pack house for Shahpura (2007-08) Rajasthan State Agriculture Marketing Board 273.67
5 Laboratory-cum-Research Centre for guar gum and agro products testing (2010-11) Rajasthan Industrial Investment Corporation (RIICO) 323.66

This information was given by Nirmala Sitharaman, minister of state for commerce and industry (independent charge), in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

 
 
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