India is exploring foreign shores for agri products: Min

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India is targeting markets in Australia, South Africa and South Korea for mangoes and is also looking at the US, Japan and Vietnam for grapes while China for rice, fruits and vegetables, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply said,”some varieties of mangoes from Northern India are already being exported to Australia. Mitigation measures like hot water treatment is being considered to boost export of other varieties. Approval for certification of facilities for export of irradiated mangoes from the Western and southern parts of India in under process.” ”In case of South Africa, the market access efforts are continuing. The National Plant Protection Organisation, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, has sent the required information to the South African authorities and the response is awaited. The final import requirement is also awaited,” she said.As far as South Korea is concerned, market access was gained on June 7, 2016. South Korean Quarantine Inspector has arrived in the country for on-site pre-clearance programme at VHT facility in Uttar Pradesh for export of mangoes to South Korea, Sitharaman informed.For export of grapes to US, the finalisation of import risk analysis is awaited from the country. In case of Japan and Vietnam, the import risk analysis with post-harvest mitigation measures is yet to be finalised by them. The matter is being pursued through the Indian embassies in the respective countries, she added.”India’s export of agricultural and allied products during April 2015-February 2016 was Rs 1,43,802.55 crore as compared to Rs 1,68, 918.94 crore over the same period in the previous financial year,” she said.
”The primary reasons for decline are— low commodity prices in the international market; shrinking of global demand; high domestic prices , as compared to the international prices; which has rendered our exports uncompetitive; unfavourable currency rate movements as compared to the competing countries among others,” the Minister noted.

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