- Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) replaced the Processed Food Export Promotion Council (PFEPC).
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Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)
- APEDA is an apex body of the Ministry of Commerce to promote the export of agricultural commodities and processed food products.
- It was established by the Government of India under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act 1985.
- It replaced the Processed Food Export Promotion Council (PFEPC).
- APEDA links Indian exporters to global markets besides providing comprehensive export oriented services.
- It provides referral services and suggest suitable partners for joint ventures.
- APEDA has marked its presence in almost all agro potential states of India and has been providing services to agri-export community through its head office, five Regional offices and 13 Virtual offices.
- Development of industries relating to the scheduled products for export
- Fixing of standards for the scheduled products
- Carrying out inspection of meat and meat products
- Collection of statistics from the owners of factories engaged in the scheduled products
- Training in various aspects of the industries connected with the scheduled products
Composition of the APEDA Authority
- A Chairman, appointed by the Central Government
- The Agricultural Marketing Advisor to the Government of India, ex-offical.
- One member appointed by the Central Government representing the Planning Commission
- Three members of Parliament of whom two are elected by the House of People and one by the Council of States
- Eight members appointed by the Central Government representing respectively; the Ministries of the Central Govt.
Products Monitored by APEDA
APEDA is mandated with the responsibility of export promotion and development of the following scheduled products:
- Fruits, Vegetables and their Products.
- Meat and Meat Products.
- Poultry and Poultry Products.
- Dairy Products.
- Confectionery, Biscuits and Bakery Products.
- Honey, Jaggery and Sugar Products.
- Cocoa and its products, chocolates of all kinds.
- Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages.
- Cereal and Cereal Products.
- Groundnuts, Peanuts and Walnuts.
- Pickles, Papads and Chutneys.
- Guar Gum.
- Floriculture and Floriculture Products.
- Herbal and Medicinal Plants.
- Vietnam, UAE, Saudi Arabia, USA, Iran, Iraq and Nepal are the major destinations for export of food products from India.