Bolstering the efforts of the Uttar Pradesh government to boost agricultural exports, the state has successfully tapped the export market in faraway Latin America.
A consignment of 29 tonnes of potato from Aligarh has been shipped to Guyana in South America through a state farmers’ producer organisation (FPO).
The Yogi Adityanath government is aiming to double the income of farmers by removing middlemen, and facilitating farmers to become exporters through FPOs.
Dr C B Singh, Deputy General Manager of APEDA’s regional office in Varanasi, said 29 tonnes of potato from Aligarh was exported to Guyana for the first time via sea route.
Keeping in view the possibilities of potato production in the Aligarh region, APEDA is planning to set up an agricultural export centre for potato.
The central and state governments have been organising several programs on training, capacity building etc of farmers, focusing on promoting FPOs and farmers’ groups toward international trade.
The state is also providing financial assistance to the FPOs to improve their infrastructure capacity.
Meanwhile, APEDA is formulating strategies for country-specific export promotion programs and organising international buyer-seller meets for European Union countries, West Asia and South East Asian countries to tap the export potential in new markets.