Fruits, vegetables export grew 41% in 2009-10: Sharma

Fruits, vegetables export grew 41% in 2009-10: Sharma

New Delhi: Total export value of fruits and vegetables grew 41% in 2009-10 to Rs5,17,330 over Rs3,65,915 of 2008-09, commerce minister Anand Sharma informed the Parliament today.

In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Sharma said that quantity-wise fruits and vegetables export grew 53% to 26,46,266 million tonnes in 2008-09 over 17,24,574 million tonnes in 2007-08.

Value-wise also export in 2008-09 rose by 50% to Rs3,65,915 over Rs2,43,713 in 2007-08.

Quantity-wise increase in fruits and vegetables export in 2009-10 over 2008-09 could not be gauged as figures for 2009-10 are not available.

“The export of fruits and vegetables has registered a growth of over 112% during the last three years (2007-08 to 2009-10) in terms of value," Sharma said.

The minister further said that government has been extending financial assistance to registered exporters through APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) for encouraging export of commodities, including fruits and vegetables through its various schemes.

He added that financial assistance to exporters registered with APEDA ultimately benefits the farmers and growers of the fruits and vegetables in terms of remunerative prices for their produce.