APEDA and its role in promoting Agricultural and Processed Food Exports from India

  • March 16, 2023
  • Dushyant Sharma
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The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, or the APEDA, is a statutory body established by the Government of India. It was incepted in 1985 under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act of the Central Government. The primary role of APEDA in India’s Agricultural Trade is to promote the export of Agricultural and Processed Food products from India to the international market.


Benefits of APEDA Registration in India

This section will discuss how APEDA license procurement plays a crucial role in developing export markets of agricultural and processed food in India. Let us see them one by one. 

Exporters Registration under APEDA for better Regulations

APEDA is delegated to register Exporters of Agricultural as well as agri-processed food products, helping them availing the following benefits:

  • Financial Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
  • Market Development Support

Every APEDA license holder can avail of such benefits post-registration with APEDA. 

Quality Certification for Export Products

APEDA is also delegated to ensure the export quality of Agricultural as well as Processed Food products from India. The products must meet the standards as well as regulations of importing countries around the world. APEDA license registration ensures the quality certification of export products. The Authority is also bent on promoting the adoption of good agricultural practices to improve the product’s quality.

Market Promotion

APEDA has played a crucial role in export promotion by kickstarting various initiatives to promote Agricultural and Processed Food products of India in the international markets. APEDA has undertaken the following activities in market promotion for Indian Exporters:

  • Trade Fairs
  • Buyer-Seller meets 
  • International Exhibitions showcasing Indian products 
  • Exploration of newer Markets worldwide

APEDA for Research & Development purposes

APEDA aids in research and development activities concerning exporting agricultural and processed food products across the planet. For such purposes, APEDA provides financial assistance to organizations engaged in R&D activities related to APEDA agri-exports promotion.

APEDA for Export Capacity Building

APEDA provides agri-exports capacity-building programs to the following involved in the export of agricultural-based food products:

  • Exporters
  • Farmers
  • Other Stakeholders

Such programs at APEDA help Exporters improve their skills for the export sector.


Products monitored by APEDA for Export purposes

APEDA is delegated with the responsibility of food export promotion as well as development for the following APEDA agri-based export products:

  • Fruits & Vegetables 
  • Vegetable-based Products
  • Meat Products
  • Poultry Products
  • Dairy Products.
  • Confectionery
  • Bakery Products
  • Honey
  • Jaggery & other Sugar Products
  • Cocoa products
  • Chocolates of kinds
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Cereal Products
  • Groundnuts
  • Peanuts & Walnuts
  • Pickles
  • Papads 
  • Chutneys
  • Guar Gum
  • Floriculture Products.
  • Herbal Medicines 
  • Medicinal Plants
  • De-oiled Rice Bran
  • Brined Green pepper
  • Cashew Nuts Products
  • Basmati Rice 

Each product has been included in the Second Schedule of the Indian APEDA Act of 1987. The Government also entrusts the APEDA with the responsibility of monitoring sugar imports into India as well. 


More on APEDA...

APEDA also functions as the Secretariat to the NAB, i.e., the National Accreditation Board. The APEDA is responsible for implementing the ACB or Accreditation of the Certification Bodies under the National Programme for Organic Production for organic exports. 

For export purposes, Organic Products in India must be certified only if they are processed and packed as per the National Programme for Organic Production standards. If you wish to know more about APEDA registration and the role of APEDA in India’s Agricultural Trade, connect with the APEDA Experts at Registrationwala. 


Also read:  Benefits of APEDA Registration for Agricultural and Processed Food Exporter

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Hey there, I'm Dushyant Sharma. With the extensive knowledge I've gained in past 8 years, I have been creating content on various subjects such as banking, insurance, telecom, and all the important registration and licensing processes for various companies. I'm here to help everyone with my expertise in these areas through my articles.

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