Agricultural and Food export Current Affairs - 2020

Agricultural & Processed food products Export Development Authority signs MoU with SFAC

On March 18, 2020, the Agricultural and Processed food product Export Development Authority (APEDA) signed Memorandum of Understanding with Small Farmers Agriculture-Business Consortium. The agreement aims to link the Farmer Producer Organization and farmer cooperatives with the export value chain.


The SFAC will share the clusters of farmers and grouping distributed in various states with APEDA. They will then work together to link up these farmers with the export chain. APEDA will also facilitate certified organic produce identified by SFAC. They will also establish an Agri-Business Promotion unit in the North-East.


The APEDA was established under an act of Parliament in 1985. It aims to develop industries to promote export of specific products. It carries out registration of exporters, fixing standards, improving packages of scheduled products and promotion of export-oriented production.

The SFAC was established in 1994. The main aim of SFAC is to promote farmer producer organization.

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Indian Railways: First Banana Container Train to boost exports; First High Capacity Parcel Van

With its firsts increasing, Indian Railways has recently launched a high capacity parcel van at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station.

Also, the Indian Railways has launched an exclusive Banana Container train to boost the exports of the fruit.

Highlights: Parcel Van

The new parcel van was designed and manufactured in Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory. It is the first of its kind in Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches. The LHB coaches are the coaches of the Indian Railways that have been developed by the LHB company of Germany. They are mostly produced in Kapurthala Coach Factory.

The parcel van is to run at high speed of 130 km per hour. The train includes collapsible partitions and sliding doors. Also, it is Head On Generation compliant.

Highlights: Fruit Train

On January 30, 2020, Indian Railways launched the first “Fruit Train”. The train will transit from Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh to Mumbai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port. The train dispatched the first shipment of 890 tonnes of banana in 43 refrigerated containers.

The APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) along with export firms trained 500 farmers to cultivate bananas in more than 1800 hectares of land.

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