Organic Millets Grown In Himalayas Soon To Reach Denmark
In a major boost to organic products exports from the country, first consignment of millets grown in the Himalayas from the snow-melt water of the Ganges in “Dev Bhoomi” (Land of God) – Uttarakhand – would be exported to Denmark, according to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA ), in collaboration with Uttarakhand Agriculture Produce Marketing Board (UKAPMB) and exporter Just Organik, have sourced and processed ragi (finger millet), and jhingora (barnyard millet) from farmers in Uttarakhand for exports, which meets the organic certification standards of the European Union.
UKAPMB procured millets directly from farmers, which have been processed in the state-of-art processing unit built by mandi board and operated by Just Organik.
“Millets are unique agricultural products from India which have significant demand in the global market. We will continue to carry out export promotion for the millets with a special focus on products sourced from Himalayas,” said Dr M Angamuthu, Chairman, APEDA. He stated that Indian organic products, nutraceuticals, and health food are gaining more demand in overseas market.
In Uttarakhand, many of the common varieties of millets are the staple foods in the hills. The Uttarakhand government has been supporting organic farming. UKAPMB, through a unique initiative, has been supporting thousands of farmers for organic certification. These farmers produce mainly millets such as ragi, barnyard millet, amaranthus, etc.
The exports of millets to Denmark would expand exports opportunities in European countries. The exports would also support thousands of farmers that are getting into organic farming. Millets are gaining a lot of popularity globally because of high nutritive values and being gluten free also.
Meanwhile, India’s export of organic food products rose by more than 51% to Rs 7078 crore ($ 1040 million) during April-February (2020-21) compared to the same period in the previous fiscal (2019-20), added the ministry release.
In terms of quantity, the exports of organic food products grew by 39% to 8,88,179 metric tonne (MT) during April-February (2020-21) compared to 6,38,998 MT shipped in April- February (2020-21).
The growth in organic products have been achieved despite logistical and operational challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oil cake meal is a major commodity of the organic product exports from the country followed by oil seeds, fruit pulps and purees, cereals & millets, spices, tea, medicinal plant products, dry fruits, sugar, pulses, coffee, essential oil etc.
India’s organic products have been exported to 58 countries including USA, European Union, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Switzerland, Israel, and South Korea.
At present, organic products are exported provided they are produced, processed, packed, and labelled as per the requirements of the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP). The NPOP has been implemented by APEDA since its inception in 2001 as notified under the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulations) Act, 1992.
NPOP certification has been recognised by European Union and Switzerland which enables India to export unprocessed plant products to these countries without the requirement of additional certification. NPOP also facilitates export of Indian organic products to the United Kingdom even in the post-Brexit phase.
In order to facilitate the trade between major importing countries, negotiations are underway with Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Australia, UAE, New Zealand for achieving Mutual Recognition Agreements for exports of organic products from India.
NPOP has also been recognised by the Food Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) for trade of organic products in the domestic market. Organic products covered under the bilateral agreement with NPOP need not to be recertified for import in India, the ministry statement added.
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