Pune May 15 ( UNI): Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), in
association with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD),
launched India's first Agriculture Export Facilitation Center (AEFC) on Saturday.
Dr. G.R. Chintala, Chairman, NABARD, inaugurated the center in a virtual program organized
by MCCIA. Mr. Umesh Chandra Sarangi, (IAS Retd.), Chairman, Agriculture and Agricultural
Business Committee, MCCIA; Mr. Dheeraj Kumar (IAS), Agriculture Commissioner,
Maharashtra; Mr. Sudhir Mehta, President, MCCIA and Mr. Prashant Girbane, Director General
MCCIA were also present for the inauguration program. Mr. Ajinkya Rahane, Vice-Captain of
the Indian Cricket Team, also marked his presence as a special guest through the virtual
platform and encouraged the organizers and the participants and wished it all the success as its
aims to boost farmer’s income through increasing exports.
Mr. Sarangi shared details about the center. He said, "The center aims to boost Maharashtra's
agricultural and food exports by disseminating need-based information, providing timely
guidance and organizing training courses for all the stakeholders. It will support capacity
building by providing expert guidance on a range of topics like Orchard Management, Minimum
Residue Level (MRL), Branding and Marketing, Packhouse & Special Export Treatments,
Country-wise Protocols and Quality Parameters, Advance Export Certifications, Government
Export Schemes and others.
In his inaugural speech, Mr. Chintala said, "This center will provide the capacity building for
agri-food exports. I am calling it a one-stop-shop for the export of agri-food productions. India
ranks 13th in the world in the agricultural expert. Presently Maharashtra exports agri-food
products worth 30 million dollars; with such initiative, we must aim to take the export to 100
million dollars in the next few years.
Mr. Mehta, in his speech, added, "We have gone through a difficult time in the last year. Post
covid, it will be a different world. We are grateful for NABARD to be associated with AEFC. For
the chamber, agriculture is a very important component, and agriculture exports will be one of
the bedrocks for the future.