- Agricultural products exports reach $41.25 billion in 2020-21
- It is 17.34% more than the year 2019-20
- Mango trade increased, its export to new countries also
There is good news at the moment for the economy weakened due to the second wave of Corona. During this economic crisis, the export of agriculture and its related products has increased by more than 17% in the last one year. For the first time, the top variety of mango is being sent to countries like Bahrain and South Korea. Significantly, the Corona crisis has broken the back of the economy and many important sectors are still struggling with its impact, but amidst this havoc of Corona, there has been a good increase in the export of agricultural products. On Thursday, Commerce Secretary Anil Badhawan while making the figures public said, ‘Export of agricultural products has increased. The export of agriculture and allied products has reached $ 41.25 billion in 2020-2021. This is 17.34% more than 2019-20. According to Badhawan, “Agriculture exports have been a success story in the last few months. Mango trade is increasing, as well as its export to new countries.
According to the Ministry of Commerce, the process of exporting 16 top quality mangoes from Bihar and Bengal to Bahrain started on Tuesday. These include 3 GI certified- Khirsapati and Lakshmanbhog (West Bengal) and Zardalu mango of Bihar. For the first time 2.5 metric tonnes of Banganapalli and Survarnarekha mangoes have been sent to South Korea.
However, mango traders believe that due to the second wave of corona, the export of mangoes is not being done according to the capacity. The manner in which the lockdown was imposed in April and May has affected the mango business. The supply chain of general trade has been affected by these disruptions. G Yusuf, Fruit Trader, MKC Agro Fresh Limited told NewsBust, ‘This is the Malihabadi mango of Lucknow. It is also exported]but this time due to the lockdown, it is not able to go abroad. Its price is better than exporting. He said that the mango crop is good but the price is only around Rs 25. If there was an export, then its cost would have been 40 to 50 rupees. Obviously, the challenge at the moment is to remove these bottlenecks quickly during the second wave of Corona in the current financial year.