As per the provisional data released by the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCI&S), overall export of agricultural and processed food products increased to USD 9598 million in April-July 2022 from USD 7397 million, over the same period of the last fiscal. The exports of agricultural and processed food products rose by 30 percent in the first four months of the current Financial Year 2022-23 (April-July) compared to corresponding period of FY 2021-22.
For 2022-23, an export target of USD 23.56 billion has been fixed for agricultural and processed food products basket. 40% of the export target (USD 9.59 billion) has been achieved in the first four months of the current fiscal.
As per the DGCI&S provisional data, fresh fruits & vegetables registered four percent growth, while processed fruits and vegetables recorded a significant growth of 51 percent (April-July, 2022) in comparison to corresponding months of the previous year. In April-July, 2021, fresh fruits and vegetables were exported to the tune of USD 498 million. This increased to USD 517 million in the corresponding months of the current fiscal. Exports of processed F&V jumped to USD 665 million in four months of the current fiscal from USD 441 million in the corresponding months of the previous year.
Processed food products like cereals and miscellaneous processed items reported a growth of 37.75 percent and 35.26 percent respectively in comparison to the first four months of the previous year.
Basmati Rice exports witnessed a growth of 29.13 percent in the first four months of FY 2022-23 as its export increased from USD 1214 million (April-July 2021) to USD 1567 million (April-July 2022), while the export of non-Basmati rice registered a growth of 9.24 percent in first four months of current fiscal. Non-basmati rice export increased to USD 2086 million in the first four months of the current fiscal from USD 1910 million in the corresponding months of the previous year.
The export of meat, dairy & poultry products increased by 11.69 percent and the export of other cereals recorded a growth of 22.26 percent in four months of the current fiscal. Dairy products recorded a growth of 61.91 percent as its export rose to USD 247 million in the first four months of the current fiscal from USD 153 million in corresponding months of the previous year.
Other cereals’ export increased from USD 334 million in April-July 2021to USD 408 million in April-July 2022 and the export of livestock products increased from USD 1279 million in April-July 2021 to USD 1428 million in April-July 2022.
As per the DGCI&S data, the country’s agricultural products exports had grown by 19.92 percent during 2021-22 to touch USD 50.21 billion. The growth rate is significant as it is over and above the growth of 17.66 percent at USD 41.87 billion achieved in 2020-21 and has been achieved in spite of unprecedented logistical challenges in the form of high freight rates and container shortages, etc.