From organic therapeutic plants to millets, foreign purchasers from China, South Korea, Vietnam, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Mexico, and the European Union (EU) expressed their fascination/interest for India based natural products to take into account the increasing utilization levels in their own nations at Biofach India 2019, which was committed to organic food, and happened in Greater Noida, NCR (National Capital Region), as of late.
Foreign purchasers from different nations, including 80 purchasers welcomed by Agricultural Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), attended the event. The products in which they demonstrated great interest in tea, spices, honey, Basmati rice, coffee, grains, dry fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants etc.
The three-day occasion mutually sorted out by APEDA and Nurnberg Messe India, was initiated by APEDA administrator Paban Kumar Borthakur. Around 200 Indian natural nourishment organizations showed their items at the occasion.
“Apart from showing interest in Indian organic products, international customers also interacted with Indian companies and farmers and exchanging information, resources and knowledge about agricultural practices at the event. They have suggested in order to trade globally, the three factors that Indian farmers needed to consider were quality, quantity and price point,” Borthakur added.
“Apart from organic food items, the buyers also evinced interest in non-food products, including beauty and health and personal care products. There was a major demand for flax seeds, sesame and soybean; for pulses such as arhar (red gram), chana (pigeon pea); and rice, besides tea and medicinal plants. APEDA soon plans to bring textiles under the organic umbrella for exports. At present cotton is covered under organics,” said the APEDA chief.
“People around the globe are getting more conscious of what they are eating. They are switching to organic products, as they do not want chemicals in their food. Compared to the overall agricultural exports, the share of organic products is less. But the rate of growth is quite impressive,” he said.
There was a significant interest in the organic types for oil seeds, oats and millet, sugar, fruit juice concentrates, flavors, beats, dry natural products, restorative plant items, and so forth.
In spite of the fact that the United States, EU part nations and Canada were the greatest purchasers of natural items, numerous new nations like Israel, Vietnam, Mexico have likewise been taking interest as of late.
The significant motive of Biofach was the display of natural products from the North-Eastern states, which are coming up as centers of Indian organic homestead items. An assortment of natural crops from these states, incorporate tea, Joha rice and lemons from Assam, big cardamom and ginger from Sikkim, chillis from Manipur, sugarcane, chickpea and paddy from Mizoram, organic product from Meghalaya and pineapples from Tripura.
“India produced around 2.67 million metric tonne (2018-19) of certified organic products, which includes all varieties of food products, namely oil seeds, sugar cane, cereals and millets, cotton, pulses, medicinal plants, tea, fruits, spices, dry fruits, vegetables, coffee, etc. The production is not limited to the edible sector, but also produces organic cotton fibre and functional food products,” Borthakur said.
“India sent out organic items worth Rs 5,151 crore (over $757 million) in 2018-19, up from Rs 3,453 crore in 2017-18 ($515 million), enlisting an expansion of around 49 percent,” he included.