The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the ICAR-Indian Institute of Millet Research, Hyderbad to promote commercial cultivation and exports of processable millets (ICAR-IIMR).
According to an official statement, the MoU also calls for the establishment of market links with farmers as well as Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs). To achieve the goals outlined in the MoU, a joint coordination committee comprised of APEDA and ICAR-IIMR representatives would be formed, according to the press release.
ICAR-IIMR will profile millets growers in all major growing areas of the country, as well as strengthen the seed supply chain. A Millet Export Promotion Forum would be established in collaboration with all important stakeholders, with the goal of identifying export clusters to source significant quantities of produce and connecting stakeholders with Farmer Producer Organization (FPOs).
According to the press release, the goal of the MoU is to create an export-centric ecosystem with the necessary supply chain links, technological repository, clinical studies, awareness creation, policy changes, and a pipeline of entrepreneurs.
Both APEDA and ICAR-IIMR would work to improve market understanding, consumer preferences, emerging segments, export competitiveness, market price volatility, and market intelligence on standards, regulations, and trade policies.
The organizations would collaborate to create an export strategy and, as a result, conduct a training program for existing millet processors and entrepreneurs on various export policies and schemes to increase exports.