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Agriculture And Food Industry


Agriculture And Food Industry In India
Agriculture is the mainstay of the Indian economy, providing employment to 52 per cent of its workforce. The agriculture and food processing sector plays an instrumental role in augmenting the growth of the economy, as it is an important source of raw material for the industrial sector.
India's agrarian culture and varied regional climate have made a significant contribution to the global food basket. Indian curries, mangoes, snacks and spices are known for their excellent quality worldwide. Globally, India holds the top position in the following food segments:
  • India is the largest producer of milk in the world (127.9 million tonnes) which is 16.43 percent share of total milk production in the world.
  • India has the largest buffalo population (111 million) which is 58 per cent of the world's buffalo population.
  • It is the largest producer of mangoes in the world (15.03 million tonnes) contributing 40.48 percent of the world’s total mango production.
  • It is also the largest producer of bananas (30.28 million tonnes)
  • It occupies the second position in fruit (81.28 million tonnes ) and vegetable production (162.19 million tonnes)
  • It is the second-largest producer of fish in the world (over 9 million tonnes)
The exports of agriculture products have touched US$ 30.11 billion in the period Apr 2014- Mar 2015. Exports of processed fruits and juices and processed vegetables touched US$ 0.87 billion, fresh fruits and vegetables showed US$ 1.26 billion, Buffalo meat at US$ 4.7 billion, and spices registered US$ 2.42 billion amount of exports in the same period of Apr 2014- Mar 2015.
Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority
The Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) plays a significant role in tapping India’s agricultural strengths and works towards expanding the export potential of Indian agricultural and food products.
Source: India Brand Equity Foundation

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