APEDA act 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.

Highlights

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.

APEDA and SFAC

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.

APEDA signs MoUs to implement Agriculture Export Policy

The Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA) has signed Memorandum of Understandings with IIT Delhi, Quality Council of India (QCI) and Indian Chamber of Food and Agriculture (ICFA).

Agriculture Export Policy

The Agriculture Export Policy was launched in 2018. It aims to increase the agricultural export potential of the country. It is highly important to increase the exports of agricultural products in order to achieve the goal of “Doubling Farmers Income” by 2022.

IIT-Delhi

With IIT-Delhi, APEDA has signed agreement in the field of technologies. The IIT-Delhi will share its research laboratories with APEDA under the agreement. It will also help in improvising farm machineries. The institute is to develop ripening indices, protocols to export horticultural produce by sea.

QCI and ICFA

The QCI will develop training materials for INDGAP scheme. INDGAP is India Good Agriculture Practices. The ICFA will help APEDA to organize community specific trade events. It will also help agricultural start ups in scaling up their business.