APEDA felicitates exporters in its annual award function
Jun 14, 2017: The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority popularly known as APEDA recently felicitated the exporters for their service in exports of Indian agro and processed food.
In order to felicitate the exporters for their distinguished service in exports of Indian Agro and Processed Food, 82 awards were presented for the years 2014-15 and 2015-16 in the following categories: Diamond – 2, Gold – 33, Silver – 29 and Bronze – 18. Allanasons got the “Diamond Trophy” for both years for their outstanding export performance and overall contribution in food sector. Awardees getting “Golden Trophy” for both the years include Ramesh Flowers for floriculture, Nandyala Satyanarayana for fresh vegetables, Namdhari Seeds for fruits and vegetable seeds, Al-Hamd Agro Food Products for buffalo meat, SKM Egg Products Export for Poultry Products, Gujarat Co-Op Milk Marketing Federation for dairy products, Kejriwal Bee Care India for natural honey, Jain Irrigation Systems for processed fruits and vegetables, U.B. Global for alcoholic beverages, Hindustan Gum & Chemicals for Guar Gum and Satyam Balajee Rice Industries for Non-basmati rice.
The awards were presented by Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia. Congratulating the winners, she said India has emerged as 7th largest exporter of agri-products globally and it the credit goes to the exporters who have continued to grow even during economic slowdown. She said opportunities in newer markets have to be searched for further growth.
The commerce secretary said APEDA is constantly in touch with the stakeholders and taking several measures for development of agro exports. APEDA in association with the concerned line ministries is addressing issues relating to market access. She said it is very important to maintain traceability and accountability in value addition chain. The total merchandise exports during 2016-17 stood at US$276.28 billion out of which agri exports comprised of US$33.38 billion representing 12.08 percent of the total exports. There is a significant increase in the exports of food products from the country. Exports of food products monitored by APEDA during 2016-17 stood at US$ 16.28 billion representing 48.77 percent of agri exports from the country. Vietnam, UAE, Saudi Arabia, USA, Iran, Iraq and Nepal are the major destinations for export of food products from India.