APEDA:The MoU will help focus on building a collaborative approach for promoting exports by developing agri-entrepreneurs, capacity building of techno-entrepreneurs, strong skill development and creation of product specific clusters.
APEDA on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bengaluru to promote exports of agricultural and processed food products. As per the MoU, the key areas of cooperation include advance vigilance for quality exports, development of technologies jointly with APEDA for effective and quality farming, export basket, diversification of destinations and Agriculture Export Policy (AEP) announced by the Government of India in 2018. ) to promote high-value agricultural exports by establishing Brand India globally through increasing agricultural exports from Karnataka.
The tie-up with APEDA will also help in strengthening of forward and backward linkages, participation in international exhibitions and fairs and branding and marketing, setting up of Market Intelligence Cell, development of traceability system.
APEDA and UAS will do this work together
APEDA and UAS, Bengaluru will facilitate participation of farmers, entrepreneurs, exporters and other stakeholders including B2B and B2C fairs to be organized in India and abroad to promote agribusinesses and exports and promote the production of coarse cereals and millet products, mango, vegetables, Will also cooperate in market development and traceability in fresh fruits like jaggery, processed fruits and vegetables. Promotion and initial assistance to Farmer Producer Organizations/Farmer Producer Companies and linking them with international markets will also be part of the agreement between APEDA and UAS.
The MoU will help focus on building a collaborative approach for promoting exports by developing agri-entrepreneurs, capacity building of techno-entrepreneurs, strong skill development and creation of product specific clusters.
APEDA and UAS, Bengaluru have agreed to work in close coordination to set up a capacity building center for farmers at UAS, Bengaluru and motivate university students to promote agribusiness for exports. In addition, a post graduate certification course will also be started with the help of APEDA.
Curriculum will also be developed on organic exports
This MoU will also assist in the development of an overall sustainable value chain of horticulture/livestock produce with APEDA to promote better consignment commitment to the importing countries and standard operating procedures for the state’s potential products for exports.
UAS, Bangalore will also contribute to the development of real time solutions for pests and diseases (spongy tissue fruit flag, stone weevil, Ralstonia aflatoxin etc.) and facilitate zoning of livestock and classification of poultry products. The University, in association with APEDA, will also develop a curriculum on organic exports for Karnataka students as per NPOP guidelines.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Dr. M. Angamuthu, Chairman, APEDA and Dr. S. Rajendra Prasad, Vice-Chancellor, UAS, Bangalore. The objective of the MoU is to harness the expertise of both the organizations by working together to synergize activities in the interest of agriculture and allied sectors to bring better value to the stakeholders.
AEP focuses on farmer centric approach
APEDA has been focusing on a collaborative approach to bring synergy with various organizations and institutions with vested professionals and specialized expertise in various fields for capacity building of various stakeholders and in the development of agriculture and its exports in line with the goals set under AEP. Has been providing solutions to some of the issues identified for growth.
AEP was created with a focus on agricultural export oriented production, export promotion, better price realization to farmers and synergy within the policies and programs of the Government of India. It focuses on a ‘Farmer Centric Approach’ for better income through value addition at the source to help minimize losses across all value chains.
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