In an official statement on Sunday, Anupriya Patel, Union Minister of State for Trade and Industry, said – “The country has set a target of $400 billion in merchandise exports for 2021-22, of which $262 billion has already been achieved in the April-November 2021-22 periods..”
While addressing the Agri-Export Conference and Buyer-Seller Meet, in Mirzapur (Uttar Pradesh) on Saturday, Anupriya said – “a record export target of $43 billion was set for agricultural commodities in 2021-22 and thanks to the efforts of APEDA and farmers, this target would be achieved in the current financial year.”
During the event organized by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)the government statement said Patel saying – “increased exports of processed agricultural and food products from Purvanchal (eastern UP) will not only increase India’s foreign exchange earnings but will also help double farmers’ incomes and boost employment opportunities in the region.”
The event was organized to commemorate the 75and the year of Independence, which is celebrated under the theme – ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. Dr. M Angamuthu, President of APEDA, spoke about the initiatives taken to boost exports from the Purvanchal region. The conference brought together more than 700 farmers and exporters.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the main exporters – Association and Peasant Producer Organizations (OPF) in the Purvanchal regionat the conference, to increase exports of agricultural products.
The statement also added – “Patel and Angamuthu reported export shipments of non-basmati rice to China and green chillies to the United Arab Emirates.”
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