In order to augment the agro export of India, the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority aka APEDA has come up with five financial schemes. These schemes not only provide financial assistance to the processed food exporters but also ensure that they get a strong hold in the international market. Keeping in mind the present state of the export market and the need for further development, the authority has developed five schemes for agro export development. These are schemes for market development, infrastructural development, quality development, research & development, and transport assistance. The exporters can avail these financial assistance schemes by following the steps mentioned in the APEDA guidelines.
Scheme for Market Development
The APEDA offers financial help towards the development and modification of packaging design and standards. The authority also provides assistance to registered fruits, vegetables, eggs and flowers exporters so that they use the standard packaging material as listed by the APEDA. They also extend their assistance in conducting studies and surveys that would be beneficial for a number of processed food exporters in India. It also organizes and sponsors various events and fairs where the exporters can promote and market easily.
Scheme for Infrastructure Development
Under the Scheme for Infrastructural Development, the APEDA provides financial assistance for the improvement of the harvest infrastructure facilities to reduce the wastage caused due to inefficient and poor infrastructure. There are two ways in which the export development authority provides assistance in the scheme for the development of infrastructure.
The first is to provide various infrastructure facilities in the major places where export takes place. It is building pack houses at the potential clusters in different states, and also providing integrated facilities for perishable cargo at the major airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Amritsar, Bangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Goa, and Nashik. The second type of assistance under this scheme is financial assistance for the individual as well as grouped exporters for improving or setting up the various infrastructural facilities like water softening plant, lab equipment, high humidity cold storages, effluent treatment plants, refrigerated transport, grading lines, sorting etc.
Scheme for Quality Development
Owing to the increasing food safety concern, there are certain quality standards and rules that need to be followed in order to ensure the quality of food. The Scheme for Quality Development is an attempt to strengthen the Indian exporters’ capabilities to adhere to the international quality standards. The authority offers financial assistance to the food products exporters in India for the purchase of any type of tool and equipment to ensure the quality of the export. To ensure that the Indian agro products adhere to the international quality standards, the APEDA is formulating a number of pre and post-harvest protocols. It also provides training to the people in technical and managerial skills by organizing seminars and group activities so that they work according to the set standards.
Scheme for Research and Development
The APEDA conducts Research & Development work through expert institutions so that any trade-related development of value added products, technological improvement and other new variety development is carried out with ease. All this is done to ensure that the food exporters in India can make use of the most advanced technologies and products for their export processes.
Scheme for Transport Assistance
Many exporters face freight disadvantage and incompetence of the commodities in the international market. To help such exporters, the APEDA offers assistance under the Scheme for Transport Assistance. The exporters of floriculture, horticulture, animal products, and processed food in India can benefit from this scheme by getting concession in the FOB, freight or specific value rate of the export product. Exporters can avail these concessions on the first come first serve basis in accordance with the physical receipt and fund availability.
These were the five schemes offered by the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority aka APEDA to empower the Indian exporters in the international market. Any food exporter can visit the AEPDA official site to know the guidelines for getting the financial assistance under these schemes.