In an earlier article with Northeast focus, we had explained how the flagship programmes of the Modi government have helped the region achieve progress in terms of sanitation, economic inclusion, health etc., That the Northeast is playing a larger role in Act East policy is also a well-acknowledged fact. Another shining example in this narrative is the way that the government is moving in the direction of connecting Northeastern regions via trade with other nations through buyer-seller meets.
Buyer-Seller Meet in Arunachal Pradesh
Recently the state of Arunachal Pradesh has witnessed an International Buyer- Seller Meet on November 14, 2019. The meet organized by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was first of its kind for the state Arunachal Pradesh. However, in the Northeast region, this is the fourth such meet organised by APEDA. The year 2019 is seeing such a series of meets in different states of the Northeast region.
As you can figure out, this will hugely benefit the farming community in the region in the days to come. Apart from the South East Asian countries, Gulf countries have also taken part in the meet.
If you take a sneak peek into the recent meet that was hosted in Arunachal Pradesh these are the takeaways you get.
Ten international buyers from seven countries of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, UAE, Sultanate of Oman and Greece participated in the meet and interacted with exporters. Growers and exporters showcased the products of Arunachal Pradesh like Mandarin oranges, kiwi, pineapple, king chilly, large cardamom, organic products, other fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and spices.
Series of Buyer-Seller Meets in Northeast
An international buyer- seller meet was organized in Guwahati, Assam in March this year, followed by a Conference cum International Buyer-Seller Meet at Imphal, Manipur in June 2019 and followed by another in September 2019 at Agartala, Tripura.
The significance of such meets can be gauged by news reports such as this in Imphal Times which had said that the initiative will facilitate the export market and also help the exporter to set up infrastructure like pack houses and cold storage. The buyer-seller meet at Imphal had seen the participation of 21 international buyers.
As the agriculture minister of Arunachal Pradesh pointed out, this initiative will help the region to explore its further potential. He said that 75% – 80% land of the State is unexplored and lot of horticulture crops may be taken up in those areas as Arunachal Pradesh is blessed with five types of agro-climatic zones.
The government recently had taken measures to purchase apples from Jammu and Kashmir through Direct Benefit Transfer. Now, these initiatives in the Northeast show that the administration is not falling short in thinking innovatively to get the right due for farmers’ produce.