On March 4, 2020, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), an apex body under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has signed Memorandum of Understandings with various organizations namely, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), Quality Council of India (QCI), Indian Chamber of Food and Agriculture(ICFA),Haryana based Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University(SGT) and Pearl Academy for the collaboration to boost the activities in the interest of agriculture and allied sectors under Agri Export Policy(AEP).Key Points:
i.Pact with IIT –Delhi: APEDA has signed a pact with IIT-Delhi in the areas of technology development for export promotion.
Under the pact, IIT delhi will help APEDA to develop early detection techniques for detecting spoilage of agri-produce to boost Agri exports & also Share the laboratories for research.
IIT-D will help identify the cause and suggest low-cost mitigation technology and develop Internet of things (IoT) based technologies in tools like early warning systems, efficient and precision farming related to international food exports.
ii.Pact with QCI: As per the agreement Quality Council of India (QCI) will help APEDA to develop training material on various QCI Certification Schemes such as INDGAP certification (India Good Agriculture Practices), Product Certification, Inspection, etc.
It will also conduct a Capacity Building program as workshops to spread the INDGAP amongst various stakeholders across various commodities.
iii.Pact with ICFA: Under the pact, ICFA will jointly work with the clusters identified by APEDA to boost the capabilities of all the stakeholders in exports.
It will assist agri-startups to enhance their businesses and market level products commercializing.
iv.Pact with SGT University: APEDA with the help of SGT University will develop worthy export varieties of potatoes, groundnut, high TSS onion varieties, Moringa plantation for successful cultivation in Haryana, through a flagship pilot project at SGT University agricultural fields.
v.Pact with Pearl Academy: Under the pact, both the institution will create appropriate media and marketing ways to boost Agriculture, and Processed food export via Digital Marketing, content creation, and social media support, photoshoots promotion campaigns, etc.
vi.APEDA has also been jointly engaged with various state governments including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Punjab, Karnataka for the implementation of AEP.
About Agriculture Export Policy(AEP):
launched in 2018, it aims to increase the agricultural export potential of India & to achieve the goal of “Doubling Farmers Income” by 2022.
About Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA):
Headquarters– New Delhi
Chairman– Shri Paban K. Borthakur