New Delhi: Notwithstanding the Covid-19 pandemic, India’s agriculture sector exports has registered a growth of 23.24% during March-June period of 2020 over the corresponding period in 2019.
The country has earned forex worth Rs 25,553 crore by exporting agricultural produce during March-June 2020 as against Rs20, 735 crore during the same period in 2019.
According to an report of World Trade Organisation, India’s export of agricultural produce was 2.27 % and import was 1.90% in 2017.
Agriculture GDP of India has increased from 9.4% in 2017-18 to 9.9% in 2018-19. The agricultural exports, however, has came down to 4.9% from 5.7% during this period.
The forex earning from agricultural export has increased from Rs 149 crore 1950-51 to Rs 2.53 lakh crore in 2019-20.
India ranks second in the world in wheat production.But when it comes to export of wheat, India stands at 34. Similarly, India ranks third in the world in vegetable production. But it’s position is 14 in exports of vegetables. In fruits production, the country ranks second . But it stands at 23rd in exports of fruits.
India exports 8.23 lakh tonnes of fruits worth Rs 5638 cross and 31.92 lakh tonnes of vegetables worth Rs 5679 crore. India basically exports grapes, mango, pamograde, banana and orange in that order in that order.
World over the total vegetable and fruit market is 208 billion USD.