Guwahati: In a boost to harness the export potential of agricultural and processed food products from northeast Indian states, a shipment of fresh Assamese Burmese grapes have been sent to Dubai from here.
Called ‘Leteku’ in Assamese, the fruit rich in Vitamin C and iron was sourced and packed at a collection centre in Darrang district of Assam, according to a press release by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
APEDA has been carrying out promotional activities to bring the northeastern states on the agricultural and processed food products export map of India.
Recently, APEDA facilitated the export of the first consignment of ‘red rice’ to the USA from Assam, the release said.
Iron-rich ‘red rice’ is grown in the Brahmaputra valley of Assam without using any chemical fertiliser.
The rice variety is called ‘Bao-dhaan’, which is an integral part of Assamese food.
APEDA also assisted in exports of Geographical Indications (GI) certified ‘Assam lemon’ (Kaji Nemu) (Assam lemon) to London, and so far, around 40 metric tonnes have been exported.
Jackfruits sourced from Tripura based Krishi Sanyoga Agro Producer Company Ltd was exported to London.
The consignment was packed at the APEDA assisted packhouse facility of Salt Range Supply Chain Solution Ltd and exported by Kiega EXIM Pvt Ltd.
APEDA has provided financial assistance to the private sector to set up a packhouse at Guwahati, which has fulfilled the mandatory infrastructure requirement for exporting fresh fruits and vegetables to Europe.
APEDA undertakes market promotion activities for evolving structured marketing strategies for export of food products, market intelligence for making informed decisions, international exposure, skill development, capacity building and high-quality packaging.
APEDA will continue to focus on the northeastern region, both in terms of capacity building, quality upgrading, and infrastructure development.
Linking buyers to farmers, strengthening the entire supply chain of agricultural produce from the northeastern region would also bring in dividends, the release added.