The bilateral Indo-German cooperation on the Agricultural Market Development (AMD) Project conducted three days state level training program on “Agri Export Management Training Program for FPOs” at the Centre of Excellence on Horticulture, Deras Directorate of Horticulture, Department of Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The training program was organized from 13 – 15 December 2023. Mr Sukant Kumar Subudhi, Additional Director Horticulture, Govt of Odisha and Mr Chittaranjan Sahoo, Assistant Director of horticulture, Govt of Odisha outlined the overview of the three days training program to all the participants. The training was attended by 25 representatives from the Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and Cluster Based Business Organizations (CBBOs) from Kandhamal and Korapur districts.
Dr. Parashram Patil, resource person of the training program, delivered the sessions on international trade and its benefits; GATT, world trade organisation (WTO) including agreement on agriculture (AoA), role of the Ministry of commerce and industry, GoI & DGFT. He highlighted the present scenario of agri-exports from India, major commodities of export and markets (destinations). He later detailed the processes and procedures to be followed by farmers/FPOs/companies for undertaking agri-export, identifying potential markets and products.
Mr Alok Kumar Srivastava, resource person of the training program conducted the sessions on policy initiatives and major schemes of the Govt. of India for boosting export, the role of APEDA, MPEDA, ECGC, Exim bank & export promotion councils in facilitating agri-export. He also conducted the sessions on product specification & requirements, certification and traceability systems requirements, phytosanitary issues, and risks in export.
Mr. Pratyush Ranjan Singh, Deputy Team Leader, AMD project explained the procedure to conduct export value chains, primarily focusing on horticulture and spices. He also oriented the participants to various steps required for developing export-oriented business plans for exports. Mr Gajjan Singh Verma, Project Officer, AMD project oriented the participants on different packaging and labelling requirements for fruits, vegetables, and spices.
Mr Chittaranjan Sahoo, Assistant Director of horticulture, Govt of Odisha concluded the training program after the feedback session and extended the vote of thanks to all the participants and organizers.