NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Mr. Suresh Prabhu recently announced that the Government was working on an agriculture export strategy that would give primacy to value addition and job creation. He emphasised on the potential of marine products export, for which the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) had been given specific targets for value added exports.
Mr. Prabhu also urged the food processing industry professionals to develop processed food items that appeal to the palates of the consumers in export markets. This segment needs to be exploited aggressively apart from exporting Indian food products for use by Indians overseas.
Processed, ready-to-eat food, produced under good regulation with regard to safety and standards, Mr. Prabhu said, was a great opportunity for the manufacturing sector with the attendant beneficial effect on downstream industries.