Agricultural and Processed Food Product, Export Development Authority, is a government organization known as APEDA, established in 1985 by an Act for the development and promotion of export of the scheduled products.
Once the APEDA registration online is done, the exporter can utilize APEDA subsidies for the growth and development of export infrastructure, market development activities, and quality development activities. Exporters are mostly aware of the latest export quality standards, trade fairs, infrastructure support, trade fairs, and agro-exchange reports.
This Authority replaced the Processed Food Export Promotion Council (PFEPC). It provides financial assistance, information, guidelines for the development of scheduled products. The products mentioned under the APEDA Act are also called schedule products, and exporters of that scheduled products are mostly required to register under APEDA.
Functions of the APEDA Authority
In accordance with the (APEDA) Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act, 1985, the functions have been assigned to the Authority are as below.
- Development of industries relating to a scheduled product for export by way of providing financial assistance or otherwise for undertaking surveys and also feasibility studies, participation in inquiry capital through joint ventures, and other reliefs and subsidy schemes.
- Registration of persons as an exporter of the scheduled products on payment of such fees may be prescribed.
- Fixing the standards and specifications for the scheduled products for the purpose of exports.
- Carrying out inspection of meat and the products of meat in slaughterhouses, storage premises, processing plants, conveyances, or any other places where such products are kept or handled to ensure the quality of such products.
- Improving the packaging of the Scheduled products.
- Improving marketing of the Scheduled products outside India.
- Promotion of the export-oriented production and the development of a Scheduled product.
- Collection of a statistics from the owners of factories or establishments engaged in the production, packaging, processing, marketing or export of a scheduled product or from such other persons as prescribed on any matter relating to a scheduled product and publication of the statistics so collected or of any portions thereof or extracts therefrom.
- Training in all aspects of the industries connected with the scheduled products.
- Such any other matters as may be prescribed under the Act.
Products under the APEDA Act
APEDA is mandatory with the responsibility of export promotion and development of the following scheduled products:
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A requirement of APEDA Registration online
- With respect to the export of scheduled products, APEDA registration is necessary.
- Exporters must avail of the various financial assistance schemes under the APEDA.
- It helps the exporters in brand publicity through advertisement, database up-grading, packaging development, surveys, etc.
- Provides guidelines to the exporters about the various products and countries for export
- Registered members can also participate in training programs organized by APEDA for various scheduled products and thereby improve their business.
- In addition to this, APEDA registration has been entrusted with the responsibility to monitor the import of sugar.
Composition of the APEDA Authority
As specified by the statute, the APEDA Authority consists of the following members, namely:
- A Chairman as appointed by a Central Government
- The Agricultural Marketing Advisor to a Government of India, ex-official.
- 1 member as appointed by a Central Government representing the Planning Commission
- 3 members of Parliament of whom two are elected by the House of People and one by the Council of States
- 8 members appointed by the Central Government representing respectively, the Ministries of the Central Government
- Agriculture and Rural Development
- Civil Supplies
- Civil Aviation
- Shipping and transport
- 5 members appointed by the Central Government by rotation in the alphabetical order represent the States and the Union Territories
- 7 members as appointed by a Central Government Representing
- Indian Council of Agricultural Research
- National Horticultural Board
- National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation
- Central Food Technological Research Institute
- Indian Institute of Packaging
- Spices Export Promotion Council
- Cashew Export Promotion Council
- 12 members as appointed by a Central Government representing:-
- Fruit and Vegetable Products Industries
- Meat, Poultry and Dairy Products Industries
- Other Scheduled Products Industries
- Packaging Industry
- 2 members as appointed by a Central Government from amongst specialists and scientists in the fields of agriculture, marketing, and economics of the scheduled products.
The objective of the APEDA is to promote schedule products export, and to achieve these; various functions must been undertaken by this body under the regulation of the central government. Central government lays down the rules & regulations through this body for the efficient administration of APEDA Act. APEDA is mandatory with the responsibility of export promotion and development of scheduled products such as Fruits, Meat, Vegetable, Poultry Products, Dairy Products, Biscuits, Bakery Products, Honey, Jaggery and Sugar Products, Cocoa products, floriculture Products, Pickles, Papads and Chutneys, Herbs and Medicinal plants, etc.
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