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Virtual Buyer Seller Meet with Millet Exporters organized by APEDA

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  • January 15, 2021
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Virtual Buyer Seller Meet with Millet Exporters organized by APEDA

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Agriculture

In news 

  • The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) in association with Andhra Pradesh Drought Mitigation Project (APDMP), an externally aided project funded by IFAD, organized a Virtual Buyer Seller Meet with Millet Exporters.
  • Considering the potential of increasing exports of Millets and Millet products and the focus given by Government for development of Millet sector of Nurti Cereals, APEDA is closely interacting with Indian Institute of Millet Research (IIMR) and other stakeholders.

Important value additions 

  • Millet is a common term to categorize small-seeded grasses that are often termed nutri-cereals. 
  • It includes Sorghum, Pearl Millet, Ragi, Small Millet, Foxtail Millet, Proso Millet, Barnyard Millet, Kodo Millet and other millets.
  • These are known for high nutritive value.

Indian Institute of Millets Research (ICAR-IIMR)

  • It is an agricultural research institute engaged in basic and strategic research on sorghum and other millets. 
  • It is located at Rajendranagar (Hyderabad, Telangana).
  • IIMR operates under the aegis of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
  • It was founded in 1958 under the Project on Intensified Research on Cotton, Oilseeds and Millets (PIRCOM).

Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority

  • It is an apex body under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, responsible for the export promotion of agricultural products. 
  • APEDA was established by the Government of India under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act passed by the Parliament in December, 1985.

Some of the functions of APEDA are as following:

  • Promotion of exports of agricultural and processed food products. Promotion of export oriented production and development of the Scheduled products.
  • To make Improvement in numerous areas such as packaging, marketing for the Scheduled products outside India.
  • Setting standards and specifications for the scheduled products for the purpose of exports.
  • Financial assistance, reliefs and subsidy to the relating industries.
  • To provide training in the related areas

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