Elevation of exports from Eastern region
NEW DELHI, 8 June 2021: Opening a window of possibilities of boosting groundnut exports from the eastern region, a consignment of 24 metric tonnes (MT) of groundnuts was exported to Nepal from West Bengal.
The consignment was sourced from farmers of the West Midnapore district of West Bengal, was exported by The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) registered Laduram Promoters Pvt Limited, Kolkata.
Traditionally, Gujarat and Rajasthan have a major share in groundnut exports. The groundnut exports from West Bengal would boost the export potential of the crop from the eastern region.
India exported 6.38 lakh tonnes (worth INR 5381 crore) of groundnuts during 2020-21. The groundnuts are exported to most countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Russia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and Nepal.
Through initiatives such as peanut.NET, APEDA has streamlined the exports of groundnuts through measures including buyer registration, batch processing by APEDA registered peanut units, application for a certificate of export and stuffing certificate by exporter, Aflatoxin analysis and issue of stuffing certificate by laboratories, issuance of the certificate of exports by APEDA.
According to the third advance estimates of oilseeds production by the ministry of agriculture and farmer welfare, the groundnut production in 2020-21 is estimated at 101.19 lakh tonne against 99.52 lakh tonne estimated in 2019-20.
Gujarat is the largest producer of groundnuts in the country, which is followed by Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Rajasthan. The crop is grown in both Kharif and Rabi seasons. The Kharif season has a share of more than 75 percent of the total production.