APEDA

Context:

• Amidst a record surge in wheat exports in the current fiscal, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) recently organized a meeting of key stakeholders in the value chain for promoting exports to those countries which have a huge shipment potential.

About:

• The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was established by the Government of India under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act passed by the Parliament in December, 1985

What are the Functions of APEDA?

• Development of industries relating to the scheduled products for export by way of providing financial assistance or otherwise for undertaking surveys and feasibility studies, participation in enquiry capital through joint ventures and other reliefs and subsidy schemes.
• Registration of persons as exporters of the scheduled products on payment of such fees as may be prescribed.
• Fixing of standards and specifications for the scheduled products for the purpose of exports.
• Carrying out inspection of meat and meat products in slaughter houses, processing plants, storage premises, conveyances or other places where such products are kept or handled for the purpose of ensuring the quality of such products.
• Improving of packaging of the Scheduled products.
• Improving of marketing of the Scheduled products outside India.
• Promotion of export-oriented production and development of the Scheduled products.

What are the products that APEDA monitors?

a. Fruits & Vegetables
b. Dairy Products
c. Poultry
d. Honey, Jaggery and Sugar Products.
e. Cereal and Cereal Products.
f. Groundnuts, Peanuts and Walnuts.
g. Pickles, Papads and Chutneys.
h. Guar Gum.
i. Floriculture and Floriculture Products.
j. Herbal and Medicinal Plants.

Source: THE HINDU

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