What is the Agricultural and Processed Foods Export Development Authority (APEDA)?

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The Agricultural and Processed Foods Export Development Authority (APEDA) targets 1000 Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) to turn direct exporters of farm produce.

About Agricultural and Processed Foods Export Development Authority (APEDA):

  • APEDA was established by the Government of India under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act of 1985.
  • Objective: To develop and promote the export of scheduled products.
  • The products specified under the APEDA ACT are called scheduled products, and exporters of such scheduled products are required to register under APEDA.
  • It provides financial assistance, information, and guidelines for the development of scheduled products.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Functions:
  • Setting the standards and specifications for the scheduled products.
  • Registration of exporters of the scheduled products on payment of required fees
  • Improving packaging and marketing of the Scheduled products
  • Carrying out an inspection of products to ensure the quality of such products
  • Training in various aspects of the industries connected with the scheduled products
  • Development of industries relating to the scheduled products and undertaking surveys, feasibility studies, etc
  • Collection of statistics from the owners of factories or establishments and publication of such statistics
  • Examples of scheduled products: Fruits, Vegetable, Meat, Poultry Products. Dairy Products, Confectionery, Biscuits, Bakery Products, Honey, Jaggery, etc.


What are Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs)?

  • A Producer Organisation (PO) is a legal entity formed by primary producers, viz. farmers, milk producers, fishermen, weavers, rural artisans, and craftsmen.
  • A PO provides for sharing of profits/benefits among the members.
  • Farmers Producer Organisation (FPO) is one type of PO where the members are farmers.
  • Goal: To increase farmers’ advantage in emerging market opportunities and their competitiveness. 
  • Primary operations: Supply of seed, market linkages and fertilizer, machinery, training, financial, networking, and technical advice.
  • The FPOs are open to persons who are willing to accept the responsibilities of membership without social, gender, political, racial, or religious discrimination.
  • Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) is providing support for promotion of FPOs.


Q1) What is Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC)?

SFAC is a society that is promoted by the Department of Agriculture, Government of India which is focused on increasing incomes of small and marginal farmers through aggregation and development of agribusiness.

Source: APEDA targets 1,000 FPOs to turn direct exporters of farm produce