The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), an apex organization under the union ministry of commerce and industry, has taken up an ambitious programme for promotion of north eastern region products in Bangladesh and Myanmar to begin from November.

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APEDA is mandated with the responsibility for promotion and development of the export of various agro products. APEDA’s export baskets includes fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, pickles, chutneys, guar gum, poultry, meat and dairy products, confectionery, cut flower, food grains, aromatic plants, Basmati Rice, and Indian Long Grain Rice and other Indian delicacies.

In order to boost export products from North Eastern Region, APEDA proposes to organize the promotion programme in Bangladesh and Myanmar in association with the Embassy of India in Dhaka and Yangon.

The event in Bangladesh is proposed to be held in the first week of December, 2017 in Dhaka and Sylhet and in Myanmar the event is proposed to be held in November, 2017.

India exports agricultural products to more than 80 countries world over. The export of Agro products for the year 2015-16 was to the tune of US $ 16195.61.

The north eastern region of India comprising eight states namely, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim which is endowed with diverse agro-climatic conditions which are conducive for cultivation of various kinds of horticultural crops.

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The location of the region is geo-politically important as it shares international boundaries with China and Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh. This strategic location of NER makes it the potential hub for export of horticultural produce to neighbouring countries.

In the age of globalization, trade is important for any country of the world wherever the location of the country is. For the case of Bangladesh and India, they share 4096.7 km of land borderline, trade is definitely important here for reasons of security, mutual benefit and regional integration.

Further, Bangladesh’s strategic connectivity to India’s North-East Region would help India to have easy access as well as to promote export of Indian products to Bangladesh. The export of APEDA scheduled products to Bangladesh during 2016-17 is to the tune of US $ 396.44 Million. The major products exported to Bangladesh are Non Basmati rice, other fresh vegetables, fresh onions, wheat, maize, cereal preparations, miscellaneous preparations, dairy products, other fresh fruits, fresh grapes, pulses, ground nuts, cocoa products, natural honey, jaggery and confectioner, Basmati rice, dried and preserved vegetables, other cereals, alcoholic beverages, floriculture, mango pulp, milled products, guar gum and fresh mangoes among others.

The export of APEDA scheduled products for Myanmar during 2016-17 is to the tune of US $ 24.15 Million. The major products exported to Myanmar are jaggery and confectionery, maize, ground nut, milled products, cereal preparation, miscellaneous preparation, fruits and vegetable seeds, other processed fruits and vegetables, poultry products, alcoholic beverages, floriculture, Non Basmati rice and Basmati rice among others.

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The interested exporters may send their application separately to [email protected] and [email protected] for participation. The detail of the programme and the application form is available in the APEDA website under the announcement section at trade fair.

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