EXPORTS OF POTATOES FROM INDIA
Date : 09 May 2003
Location : New Delhi
Steps taken by the government for promotion of export of potato include, inter-alia, the following:
Setting up of exclusive Agri Export Zones (AEZs) on potatoes in the States of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh with a view to adopt better pre and post harvest practices, production and distribution of quality seeds to farmers and better price realisation to them.
Providing financial assistance to exporters under various Plan schemes of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)
Organising an International Interactive Workshop exclusively on potato during the AAHAR International event.
Some of the major export destinations for potato from India are Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, UAE etc.
Some of the major potato exporting countries are Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, USA, Canada, Spain, Pakistan and China.
Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla, is carrying out research programmes mainly aimed at increasing productivity, evolving high yielding diseases resistant varieties, agronomic practices and production of disease free breeders seeds of notified varieties.
This was stated by Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.