There is a boom in agricultural exports from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. APEDA, an organization working under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has made continuous efforts for this. The efforts of APEDA, the organization responsible for the export of agricultural and processed food products from the country, are now paying off and the farmers of the Union Territories are getting its benefits.
In March-April this year, Kashmiri Saffron, a GI-tagged product of Jammu and Kashmir, was sent from Srinagar to Dubai through APEDA. At the same time, the first consignment of cherries from Kashmir Valley was sent to Dubai in February 2021 for the first time only after APEDA started work in Jammu and Kashmir. This product was so well liked there that got re-ordered in the month of June-July.
exports to gulf countries
In order to boost export activities from the Valley, shipments of Kashmir aromatic rice mushkabudji and unicorn honey have been planned and samples have also been sent to Dubai, Oman and other Middle Eastern markets in the month of August. Similarly, a plan has also been made to send samples of apples to these cities.
Similarly, with the help of APEDA, the shipment of apricots from Ladakh was sent from Leh to Dubai for the first time. After this, in the month of August-September, a consignment of Halman Apricots from Ladakh was also dispatched.
Market is also being prepared for seabuckthorn
A statement said that samples of seabuckthorn products such as juice, pulp, concentrate, oil and herbal fusion tea have been given for the launch of the products in the domestic and foreign markets in the month of September. Although this work may take some time, but the process has started.
APEDA has signed MoU with Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology and Jammu and Kashmir Trade Promotion Organization (JKTPO) for technical assistance and promotional activities to promote potential products from the region and increase productivity.
Keeping in view the potential and upcoming requirement of export infrastructure for the region, APEDA has collaborated with Ministry of Civil Aviation, Central Warehousing Corporation and other concerned departments for a comprehensive export logistics requirements for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir during July 2021. The issue was also raised.
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