EXPORTS OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
Date : 27 Apr 2001
Location : New Delhi
In order to increase agricultural exports further the government has initiated various export promotion schemes and has been providing financial assistance through various Boards and Councils for enhancing production and productivity, preservation of and improvement in quality, development of packaging, improvement of infrastructure and other measures to facilitate exports of all agricultural products to meet the high standards expected in international markets of such products that are traded. In the Export and Import policy announced on 31.03.2001, a new chapter has been added for setting up of Agricultural Export Zones, providing for the facility of duty free import of capital goods, inputs like fertilisers, pesticides, insecticides, packing material etc. This was stated in a written reply by Shri Omar Abdullah, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, in the Lok Sabha today.
At present, import of major agricultural products like wheat, rice, copra, edible oil is allowed only through State Trading Enterprises (STE). Similarly, export of onion, niger seeds, Gum karaya are permitted through STEs. Export of wheat and wheat products, Grain and flour of Barley, Maize, Ragi & Jowar, Sugar, Pure Milk Butter etc. are permitted for export subject to Quantitative ceilings to be released by Directorate General of Foreign Trade. Export of pulses, except those in consumer packs upto 5 kg. is restricted.