In a pioneering move, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), in partnership with the Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture (CISH), is gearing up for trial sea shipments of mangoes and pomegranates to the US and the European Union. This initiative, aimed at slashing the transportation expenses involved in exporting fresh fruits, follows the successful sea conveyance of bananas to the Netherlands and Russia, marking a significant advancement in the exportation of perishables.

APEDA’s collaboration with CISH on developing sea protocols is a strategic effort to streamline the export process, ensuring the efficient transport of fresh produce to distant markets while minimizing logistics costs. This initiative is expected to catalyze a substantial increase in the export volumes of not just mangoes and pomegranates, but also other fresh fruits and vegetables, thereby bolstering India’s footprint in the global market. Furthermore, APEDA’s commitment to expanding its export portfolio to over 203 countries/territories is evident from its promotion of the One District One Product (ODOP) scheme and Geographical Indication (GI) products, alongside tapping into non-traditional areas for sourcing exports. 

With more than 27 new product flag offs in the current financial year, ranging from guava and banana to marigold flowers and water chestnuts, APEDA is actively diversifying its export basket. These products, destined for the Gulf countries, Europe, and the US, underscore APEDA’s role in enhancing the capacity of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), thereby enabling direct exports and strengthening India’s agricultural presence internationally.    

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