From Chairman's Desk

Dear Friends,


India has achieved a monthly value of merchandise export in June 2022 amounting USD 37.94 billion, an increase of 16.78% over USD 32.49 billion in June 2021.


India's merchandise export in April -June 2022-23 was USD 116.77 billion with an increase of 22.22% over USD 95.54 billion in April -June 2021-22.


Exports of Groundnut declined to 45,163.64 Metric Tons during April, 2022 from 49,983.29 Metric Tons during April, 2021. In value terms Groundnut exports decreased to Rs. 438.06 crores from Rs. 482.71 crores.


Sesame Seed exports during April, 2022 increased to 19,572.58 Metric Tons in comparison to 18,140.17 Metric Tons during April, 2021. In value terms, Sesame Seed exports increased to Rs. 272.51 crores from Rs. 206.61 crores.


Imports of Sesame Seed during the period April, 2022 have been about 2,677.33 Metric Tons in comparison to 1,430.47 Metric Tons during April, 2021.


Niger seed export during April, 2022 was 161.07 Metric Tons in comparison to 779.43 Metric Tons during April, 2021. In value terms, Niger seed export was worth 2.11 crores in comparison to 8.05 crores.


The export of Sunflower seed during April, 2022 was 231.76 Metric Tons with a value of Rs. 1.95 crores in comparison to 117.88 Metric during April, 2021 with a value of Rs. 0.89 crores.


The export of Safflower seed during April, 2022 was 533.89 Metric Tons with a value of 3.51 crores in comparison to 511.06 Metric Tons during April, 2021 with a value of Rs. 2.66 crores.


The export of Linseed during April, 2022 was 1,031.98 Metric Tons with a value of Rs.12.56 crores in comparison to 910.73 Metric during April, 2021 with a value of Rs. 6.66 crores.


The export of Groundnut oil during April, 2022 was 490.25 Metric Tons with a value of Rs.8.70 crores in comparison to 5,526.81 Metric Tons during April, 2021 with a value of Rs. 85.40 crores.


The export of Sesame oil during April, 2022 was 880.31 Metric Tons with a value of Rs.20.67 crores in comparison to 825.61 Metric Tons during April, 2021 with a value of Rs. 18.13 crores. 


The export of Mustard and Rapeseed oil during April, 2022 was 498.04 Metric Tons with a value of Rs. 10.51 crores in comparison to 445.59 Metric Tons during April, 2021 with a value of Rs. 6.79 crores. 


The export of sunflower and safflower oil during April, 2022 was 526.74 Metric Tons with a value of Rs.9.22 crores in comparison to 172.99 Metric during April, 2021 with a value of Rs. 2.48 crores.


The export of Linseed oil during April, 2022 was 14.93 Metric Tons with a value of Rs.0.61 crores in comparison to 164.15 Metric Tons during April, 2021 with a value of Rs. 3.25 crores. 


The export of Castor oil during April, 2022 was 63,107.25 Metric Tons with a value of Rs. 927.14 crores in comparison to 68,843.08 Metric during April, 2021 with a value of Rs.725.54 crores.


India is one of the largest producers of oilseeds in the world and this sector occupies an important position in the agricultural economy, accounting for the estimated production of 37.14 million tons of nine cultivated oilseeds during the year 2021-22 as per the 2nd Advance Estimates released by the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.


To enhance the production of Oilseeds in the Country, the Government is implementing the centrally sponsored scheme of National Food Security Mission. The scheme is being implemented with the objective to augment the availability of vegetable oils and to reduce the import of edible oils by increasing the production and productivity of oilseeds. The interventions under NFSM (Oilseeds) comprises of three major components i.e (i) seed component covering purchase of breeder seeds , production of foundation seeds, production of certified seeds, distribution of certified seeds, supply of seed minikits, seed hubs (ii) production inputs component covering Plant Protection (PP) equipment's, PP chemicals, NPV/ bio agent, gypsum/ pyrites/ lime etc., bio-fertilizers, improved farm implements, sprinkler sets, water carrying pipes, seed storage bins, seed treating drum and (iii) transfer of technology component covering cluster/ block demonstration, Field Level Demonstrations and training through National Agricultural Research System (NARS) and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Integrated Pest Management on Farmer Field School (FFS) mode, training of farmers, training of officers/ extension workers, need based R&D project including seminar/ kisan melas etc.


IOPEPC has also recently concluded organising the 3rd Farmer Mela and it was held in Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday 25th June 2022. The next Farmer Mela is being scheduled to be held in Vidyacharan, Tamil Nadu. The details of which will be intimated to members in due course.


IOPEPC delegation undertook a visit to Delhi to meet with Ms. Shubha Thakur, Joint Secretary (Crops and Oilseeds), Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and requested to address the following: -


[a] Ensuring availability of Certified seeds suitable to enhance productivity and available to farmers


[b] Educate through the state Agriculture machinery to ensure pesticides recommended for Sesame seed are used.

[c] Bridging the yield gaps between progressive states and other states.


[d] Promotion of summer Sesame wherever feasible


The Council had participated in the meeting convened by the Trade Promotion Wing (TPW) in the Office of Addl. DGFT, Mumbai on 21st June 2022 and highlighted the following:


1) To address the pesticide residue issue and to ensure that Sesame seeds exported from India fulfils the Food Safety and Quality requirements of the buying countries, IOPEPC with proper mandate from Ministry of Commerce, implemented SOP for Sesame seeds exported to European Union. Under the SOP, every shipment of Sesame seeds must be tested for pesticide residue before shipment. 


2) Since the implementation of this SOP, it has been observed that some of the pesticides are regularly found in Sesame seeds, which can result in rejection of the cargo at destination country. The rejection of goods in foreign countries results in India gradually losing major buying markets thereby affecting the overall export of the country. 


3) The Department of Commerce through DGFT is engaging with State and Central government agencies to promote the initiative of One District One Product (ODOP), we believe the newly set up Trade Promotion Division can provide the much-needed impetus to increase the exports of Oilseeds from Maharashtra. IOPEPC had suggested that there should be a product level focus and has requested that oil seeds may also be taken up as priority sector during the pilot phase and the same was agreed to. 


4) There should a focus on organizing knowledge sessions for the farmers and scientific assistance should be roped in, in the efforts to boost the products and efforts of the sector. 


5) The issues that are pending in line ministries such as Ministry of Agriculture are to be taken up by the TPW


Taking the requests into consideration, DGFT has agreed that oil sector would be taken up in the pilot phase and a focused engagement would be planned with IOPEPC to arrive at planning issues and necessary intervention that are required.


IOPEPC delegation during their visit to Delhi also met with Shri Santosh Kumar Sarangi, Director General, Directorate General of Foreign Trade and highlighted on the points taken up in the meeting held in office of DGFT in Mumbai on 21st June 2022.


With Best Wishes and Regards,


Nilesh Vira

(Chairman)

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