Emphasis is being laid on promoting agricultural exports to increase the income of farmers. Along with farmers, traders are also being given training so that there is no problem in this work. The government’s effort is to improve the condition of farmers along with making comprehensive changes in the agriculture sector. Keeping this in mind, the Bihar government is working at many levels. The training programs are being organized under the initiative of the Government of Bihar to promote agricultural exports. Secretary, Bihar Agriculture Department, Dr. N. Saravan Kumar participated in the training program organized on the topic of promoting agricultural exports under one district, one product for capacity building of farmers, farmer producer organizations, exporters, traders etc.
During this, he said that many initiatives have been taken by the Agriculture Department to promote the production and productivity of agricultural products in the state. Bihar is the leading state in the production of food grains. Considerable progress has also been made in diversifying the yield of agricultural products in the state. Presently Bihar is a major state in the production of fruits and vegetables. Bihar today has made its international identity with distinctive agricultural and horticultural products like Shahi Litchi, Zardalu Mango, Katari Rice and Makhana etc.
Agricultural exports have reached Rs 3200 crore
He said that Bihar Agricultural Produce Value Addition System (Bawas) division has been formed in the Agriculture Department in the year 2020 to work specifically in the field of agricultural marketing and value addition with the aim of increasing the income of farmers. . The export of agricultural products of Bihar has increased significantly in recent years. In the year 2005-06, where agricultural exports were worth Rs 3 crore, it has increased to about Rs 3,270 crore in the year 2021-22. To further increase the export of agricultural products, Bihar Agriculture Export Policy is being prepared, which is in the final stage. Agricultural export policy will go a long way in increasing the export of agricultural products.
Dr N Saravan Kumar informed that various programs are being organized by the government for capacity building and skill upgradation of the stakeholders to encourage the export of agricultural products. Bawas division is collaborating with Federation of Indian Export Organizations to organize capacity building programs for farmers, farmer producer organizations, exporters, traders etc.
Training will be done in many districts till August 25
Dr. Kumar said that keeping in view the agricultural exports, 5 one-day capacity enhancement training programs would be organized in Patna, Gaya, Purnia, East Champaran and Darbhanga from August 5 to 26 this year under One District, One Product Scheme. This training will be free of cost for the participants. About 50 to 70 exporters, traders and farmers will participate in this training program. In this program trainees will be trained on various topics related to agricultural exports by experts from Federation of Indian Export Organisation, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and Punjab National Bank.
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