“Government has announced a new national agriculture export policy to support the export of organic products. The policy has been made jointly by the ministries of commerce, agriculture and food processing. India produces around 600 million tonnes of agricultural as well as horticultural products yearly. The new agriculture policy has been revealed with the vision to double the farmers' incomes and boost the share of agricultural exports from the current $30 billion to over $60 billion by 2022”
Shri Suresh Prabhu Union Minister of Commerce, Government of India
The union and state governments have improved the regulatory framework with many initiatives aimed at promoting organic cultivation India's fully organic Sikkim became the world's first state, winning the prestigious United Nations backed award. The apex regulatory authority - Food Standards and Safety Authority of India (FSSAI), in December 2017 recognized both the certification systems (NPOP and PGS-India) valid for organic food products. A number of government schemes have been launched for organic farming like National Program for Organic Production (NPOP), National Project on Organic Farming (NPOF), National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), Paramparagat Krishi Vikash Yojana (PKVY), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) and National Mission on Oilseeds & Oil Palm (NMOOP), etc.
Agro, food & drink, ingredients & packaging sectors go hand-in-hand. India's agro, food and beverage processing industries never had it so good. During 2016-17, total agricultural exports were worth US $ 33 billion of which 13% is accounted for by processed foods - which only goes to show the untapped potential. The facts and figures speak for themselves, but consider this - India's Agriculture Ministry now aims to double production of all food crops through National Food Security Mission, NHM, HMNEHS & NHB and disseminating latest and modern practices of production and post harvest care. The Ministries of Food Processing, Agriculture, Commerce & Industries have over the last term excelled, the fabulous results of which are evident in the stats.
India is the world's second largest producer of food, after China but accounts for less than 1.5% of world food trade. The Indian Government under the progressive leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the related union cabinet ministers are ensuring the processing sector grows to reduce waste, produce quality yield, meet food security needs and generates foreign exchange through exports worldwide.
Among the most developed states are those in the country's western region, namely Gujarat and Maharashtra, of which Maharashtra leads in agro-food processing. The state is further strengthening its agri-food-horti sector with investments in infrastructure. Mumbai, the country business, commercial & financial market, also hosts India's biggest perishable cargo complex, enabling quick import-export of products, equipment & technologies. Need we say more !