Shri Narendra Modi
Shri Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India
Divisions
Export Products (Agriculture)
Functions of the Division

The mandate of EP (Agri) Division is to contribute towards formulating of Export Policy of Agricultural Products and also facilitating and promoting exports of agriculture & allied products (other than plantation crops – tea, coffee & spices and marine products). The Division also handles SPS (Sanitary & Phytosanitary) & TBT (Technical Barriers to Trade) issues and also Biotechnology matters. The Division exercises administrative control over following organizations:

  • Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)
  • Tobacco Board

In addition to the above, the Division also has two Export Promotion Councils, i.e. Indian Oilseeds & Produce Export Promotion Council (IOPEPC) and The Cashew Export Promotion Council of India (CEPCI), under its purview.

Officers in the Division
  • Shri Diwakar Nath Misra : Joint Secretary
  • Ms. Neetika Bansal : Director
  • Ms. Nidhi Sharma : Section Officer, EP (Agri.I , III & VI) Desks
  • Shri Padmanav Behera : Under Secretary, EP (Agri. II) Desk
  • Shri Sandeep Verma : Under Secretary, EP (Agri. IV) Desk
Bilateral Trade Statistics

Export Statistics in respect of products handled by EP (Agri) Division, for the past five years, are as under:

Value – USD Million
S.No Commodity 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-20
1. RICE -BASMATI 3477.98 3208.60 4169.56 4712.44 4371.93
2. RICE(OTHER THAN BASMATI) 2368.64 2525.19 3636.60 3038.16 2024.66
3. WHEAT 164.22 66.85 96.72 60.24 62.01
4. OTHER CEREALS 261.18 212.30 248.59 348.97 204.40
5. PULSES 252.09 191.05 227.75 259.35 210.71
6. TOBACCO UNMANUFACTURED 665.33 634.38 593.88 570.30 530.32
7. TOBACCO MANUFACTURED 316.68 324.31 340.37 411.04 374.65
8. CASHEW 768.55 786.93 922.41 654.43 566.79
9. CASHEW NUT SHELL LIQUID 8.83 6.56 5.06 3.87 3.25
10. SESAME SEEDS 459.77 402.17 463.90 538.96 525.55
11. NIGER SEEDS 18.99 17.46 10.84 13.64 14.91
12. GROUNDNUT 620.36 809.60 524.82 472.59 715.81
13. OTHER OIL SEEDS 147.77 126.00 174.79 131.57 61.79
14. VEGETABLE OILS 79.93 116.29 87.83 106.79 169.17
15. OIL MEALS 553.01 805.45 1093.16 1508.65 827.55
16. GUARGAM MEAL 496.57 463.35 646.94 674.88 450.66
17. CASTOR OIL 705.20 674.73 1043.99 883.78 894.36
18. SUGAR 1490.52 1290.71 810.90 1360.29 1964.79
19. MOLLASES 101.01 47.06 15.06 83.79 72.91
20. FRUITS / VEGETABLE SEEDS 80.89 78.16 104.04 124.92 109.22
21. FRESH FRUITS 635.49 743.23 761.79 795.29 763.79
22. FRESH VEGETABLES 799.93 863.12 821.76 812.00 651.57
23. PROCESSED VEGETABLES 258.92 263.57 282.87 293.96 311.50
24. PROCESSED FRUITS AND JUICES 574.48 584.79 646.92 639.65 646.78
25. CEREAL PREPARATIONS 513.03 531.70 552.61 551.72 546.37
26. COCOA PRODUCTS 193.31 162.18 177.47 192.69 180.06
27. MILLED PRODUCTS 169.12 121.37 136.01 151.86 150.02
28. MISC PROCESSED ITEMS 444.28 455.59 550.55 659.18 659.93
29. ANIMAL CASINGS 2.61 2.06 50.68 68.27 68.27
30. BUFFALO MEAT 4069.08 3903.49 4037.11 3587.15 3199.60
31. SHEEP/GOAT MEAT 128.38 129.69 130.90 124.65 92.62
32. OTHER MEAT 0.03 1.09 1.96 2.35
33. PROCESSED MEAT 0.96 0.69 1.54 2.00 2.17
34. DAIRY PRODUCTS 256.95 253.73 303.05 481.55 280.22
35. POULTRY PRODUCTS 117.49 79.11 85.70 98.15 81.03
36. FLORICLTR PRODUCTS 73.80 81.55 78.73 81.78 76.52
37. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES 310.31 298.90 326.67 300.91 232.58
Total 21585.66 21261.95 24162.66 24801.43 22088.65
Trade Agreements & Negotiations

Not applicable.

Trade Promotion Activities

Following Policy initiatives have been taken during recent years to promote exports of agricultural products:

Agriculture Export Policy

Department of Commerce has brought out a comprehensive “Agriculture Export Policy” aimed at doubling the agricultural exports and integrating Indian farmers and agricultural products with the global value chains. The Agriculture Export Policy has the following vision.
“Harness export potential of Indian agriculture, through suitable policy instruments, to make India global power in agriculture and raise farmers’ income.”

Objectives of the Agriculture Export Policy are as under:
  • To diversify our export basket, destinations and boost high value and value added agricultural exports including focus on perishables.
  • To promote novel, indigenous, organic, ethnic, traditional and nontraditional Agri products exports.
  • To provide an institutional mechanism for pursuing market access, tackling barriers and deal with sanitary and phytosanitary issues.
  • To strive to double India’s share in world agri exports by integrating with global value chain at the earliest.
  • Enable farmers to get benefit of export opportunities in overseas market.

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Actions taken to implement AEP
  • An Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) has been formed to monitor the implementation of AEP.
  • The mandate of the existing CoS on ‘Review of Prices of Essential Commodities’ has been expanded to identify the agricultural commodities essential for food security, only which will be subject to export restrictions if the need arises.
  • Workshops have been organised in Delhi on 08.01.2019, Pune on 02.02.2019 and Guwahati on 13.02.2019 on the awareness of Agri Export Policy. A Consultative Meet of Stakeholders was organised at NABARD HO, Mumbai on 09.08.2019.
  • The Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has prepared State-specific Action Plans and shared them with the respective States for vetting and finalization. APEDA had series of meetings with the States followed by several follow-ups and correspondences for the finalization of draft action plan.
    Maharashtra, U.P., Kerala, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Punjab and Karnataka have vetted the State specific Draft Action Plan
  • 25 States and 2 UTs have designated nodal agencies to promote agricultural exports. 16 States have constituted State Level Monitoring Committees.
  • APEDA and National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) have signed an MoU for greater involvement of cooperatives in agricultural exports.
  • BSMs for State authorities, Cooperatives, exporters are being held along with NCDC in all the States & UTs in a phase wise manner during October to December, 2019.
  • A Farmer Connect Portal has been set up by APEDA on its website for providing a platform for FPOs, Cooperatives to interact with exporters.
  • Under the AEP, a number of clusters have been identified for export-oriented production of specific products. APEDA is organising Buyer-Seller Meets (BSMs) for exporters and Farmer-Producer Organisations (FPOs) at cluster level in every State.
  • A Market Intelligence Cell was constituted in APEDA and the activity of dissemination of E-market intelligence reports comprising detailed market analysis has been started.
  • A new Central Sector Scheme – ‘Implementation of Agriculture Export Policy’ – has been approved with an outlay of Rs. 206.80 crores for 2019-20.
  • Top 10 products, 10 countries and 20 export potential Products, 20 potential countries have been identified for increasing exports.
  • A Workshop on the Role of State Nodal agencies in Agriculture exports was organised at APEDA HQ on 03.09.2019 where 22 States had actively participated and shared their valuable inputs. Senior officials from Line Ministries, Central agencies attended the program and apprised about the role of their organisations for the benefit of agri exports.
  • BSM cum Workshop (between Exporter & FPOs) in the relevant Cluster of each State with the respective State Nodal agencies and have been held.
  • Cluster level committees have been formed in the clusters of Potato in Punjab, Isabgol in Rajasthan, Orange and Grapes in Maharashtra and Banana in Tamil Nadu.
Mandatory disclosures under RTI Act
Details of Boards, Councils etc. under the Division
Tobacco Board
  •   G.T. Road, Srinivasarao Thota,Guntur – 522 004 Andhra Pradesh, India
  •  +91-863-2358399, 2358499, 2327550, 2358531, 2327555, 2327554, 2327556, 91-863-2354232 (F)
  •  info@indiantobacco.com
  •  tobaccoboard.com
Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority
  •  NCUI Building, 3 Siri Institutional Area, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi – 110 016
  •  91-11-26513204, 26514572, 26534186, 91-11-26526187 (F)
  •  headq@apeda.gov.in
  •  apeda.gov.in
Indian Oilseeds And Produce Export Promotion Council
  •  78/79, Bajaj Bhavan, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400021.Maharashtra, India
  •  (91 – 22) 2202 3225 / 9295, (91 – 22) 2202 9236(F)
  •  info@iopepc.org
  •  www.iopepc.org
The Cashew Export Promotion Council of India
Directory of Officers & Employees
Sh. Diwakar Nath MisraJoint Secretary
Ms. Neetika BansalDirector
Ms. Nidhi SharmaSection Officer
Shri Padmanav BeheraUnder Secretary
Sh. Sandeep VermaUnder Secretary
Details of Public Information Officers
DESK ACPIO CPIO FAA
EP (Agri.I & VI) Desk Ms. Nidhi Sharma. Section Officer Ms. Neetika Bansal, Director Sh. Diwakar Nath Misra, Joint Secretary
EP (Agri.II) Desk Sh. P. Behera, Under Secretary Ms. Neetika Bansal, Director Sh. Diwakar Nath Misra, Joint Secretary
EP (Agri.III) Desk Ms. Nidhi Sharma. Section Officer Ms. Neetika Bansal, Director Sh. Diwakar Nath Misra, Joint Secretary
EP (Agri.IV) Desk Sh. Sandeep Verma, Under Secretary Ms. Neetika Bansal, Director Sh. Diwakar Nath Misra, Joint Secretary