India exports major farm items
Export of major farm items such as rice, meat, dairy and processed food items have been commenced after the government stepped in to resolve the issues related to transportation and packaging in the wake of COVID-19 lockdown. NAFED has exported 50,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan, while 40,000 tonne of the grain to Lebanon under G2G arrangement, as per the sources.
The Union Agriculture Ministry, in a statement, said “Exports of all major products i.e. rice, groundnut, processed food, meat, poultry, dairy and organic products has started.” APEDA has put in a lot of efforts to resolve issues related to transportation, curfew passes, and packaging unit, it said. The ministry added that the government has adopted a “flexible approach” and is issuing digital copies of phytosanitary certificates for exports.