NSIC to help agri, processed food MSMEs explore export potential; partners with trade promotion body APEDA

by Joseph K. Clark

India’s food processing market is likely to have an output of $535 billion by 2025-26. Trade, import, and export for MSMEs: MSME support and development organization National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) would now be helping micro, small and medium enterprises working with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) across multiple areas. NSIC, through an MoU with APEDA, will help its MSME members in the export potential of their agricultural and processed foods products. Apart from exports, APEDA members would also get access to NSIC schemes to address technology adoption, skills, product quality, and market access issues. The tie-up would also “support the promotion of green & sustainable manufacturing technology for the MSME clusters to enable units to switch to sustainable and green production processes and products,” Commerce Ministry said in a statement.

Food processingEmails to Dr. Sudhanshu, Secretary, APEDA, and P Udayakumar, Director (Planning and Marketing), NSIC seeking comments for this story. The two had signed the MoU on Wednesday. APEDA and NSIC will also facilitate the participation of MSMEs in fairs of international level, including B2B & B2C fairs to be organized in India and abroad. Also, the two organizations will work towards international business development and promotions. Moreover, APEDA and NSIC also agreed to facilitate assistance from government schemes towards capacity building of MSMEs for their social and environmental compliances and skilling as per international standards.

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According to India Brand Equity Foundation, the cocountry’sood processing market is likely to see its output reach $535 billion by 2025-26, while the sector is expected to generate 9 million jobs by 2024. InIndia’sgriculture industry, which is the primary source of livelihood for about 58 percent of InIndia’sopulation, had Gross Value Added (GVA) by agriculture, forestry, and fishing at around $276.37 billion in FY20. The government is likely to bring out an Agro MSME Policy to drive entrepreneurship in InIndia’sinterland. During an online event in May last year, MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the Ministry is working on bringing out an Agro MSME Policy that will focus on entrepreneurship development in rural, tribal, agricultural, and forest areas for manufacturing products using local raw material.

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