Agriculture exports could cross $42 billion this year: CACP
“If the government is proactive, FY’12 exports can cross $42– 43 billion”, Gulati says.
In 2011-12, according to Gulati, agricultural exports by India were more than $37 billion against an import of commodities worth around $17 billion.
India has emerged as the world’s largest exporter of rice, replacing Thailand and Vietnam and the country has also the biggest exporter of buffalo meat beating traditionally strong countries such as Brazil, Australia and the US.
CACP discussion paper titled ‘Farm trade: Tapping the hidden potential’ has stated that agricultural exports have increased more than 10 fold from $3.5 billion in 1990-91 to $37.1 billion in 2011-12.
“This share is more than the share that India has in global mechandise exports,” the paper has noted.
As an example of the on-off policy, Gulati points out when the non-Basmati rice exports ban was removed in 2004, India became the second largest exporter of rice. Then India again imposed the ban in 2008 for curbing rising domestic prices. When the ban was removed in September 2011, India once again emerged as the biggest rice exporter in the world.
“Indian agriculture seems to have a greater comparative trade advantage than manufactured goods. This has been possible as the sector has responded
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