Horticultural Export Conclave
Technology, innovations, limitations and scope for growth
India's diverse climate ensures availability of all varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. It ranks second in fruit and vegetable production in the world, after China. India is the largest producer of ginger and okra amongst vegetables and ranks second in production of potatoes, onion, cauliflower, brinjal, cabbage, etc. Amongst fruits, the country ranks first in production of Bananas (25.7%), Papayas (43.6%) and Mangoes (40.4%). The vast production base offers India tremendous opportunities for export. During 2017-18, India exported fruits and vegetables worth Rs 9,410.81 crores/ 1,459.93 USD Millions which comprised of fruits worth Rs 4,229.03 crores/ 655.90 USD Millions and vegetables worth Rs 5181.78 crores/ 804.03 USD Millions. Mangoes, Walnuts, Grapes, Bananas, Pomegranates account for larger portion of fruits exported from the country while Onions, Okra, Bitter Gourd, Green Chillies, Mushrooms and Potatoes contribute largely to the vegetable export basket.
India's share in the global market is still nearly 1% only, but there is increasing acceptance of horticulture produce from the country. This creates immense opportunities for investment in entire value chain, i.e., quality input supply, processing, infrastructure development particularly cold chains, supply chain management and integrated post-harvest handling facilities. Capacity building initiatives at the farmers, processors and exporters' levels will also contribute towards this effort.
In the light of the above, CII is organizing ‘Horticultural Export Conclave: Technology, innovations, limitations and scope for growth’ at College of Agriculture, Pune on 10 October 2018.
The objective of the conclave is to –
- Identification of key challenges faced by exporters including issues relating to logistics, infrastructure, policy, research and development, market promotion and administrative issues
- Promote exports and food processing particularly in the Western Region (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Goa) by establishing market linkages between institutional buyers/corporates and farmers and/or farmer producer organizations for horticulture produce such as fruits, vegetables, spices, aromatic & medicinal crops, etc
- Promote establishment of infrastructure for supporting agribusiness and the foodprocessing sector such as processing units, cold chain, etc
- Recommendations and strategies to overcome the identified challenges
- Encourage use of eNAM which enables traders and exporters to procure quality produce in bulk, at one place and ensure transparent financial transactions