The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) was ensured by India that the Covid-19 pandemic would not cause any interruption in the export of farm products assuring a reliable food supply.
March-June 2020, India's export of agricultural produce elevated by 23.24% to Rs 25,553 crore, as compared to the output and supply of many countries.
In the virtual meeting of FAO’s 35th Asia-Pacific regional Conference (APRC), Agriculture commissioner S K Malhotra guaranteed that India has enough agricultural produce which would not cause any disruption in the global supply and as India has sufficient stock, farm produce export would be set up. He also said that the government is concentrating on nutraceuticals and wellness food while promoting “Brand India” will infiltrate new products into new foreign markets.
When talking about India's agricultural GPD, Agricultural exports in 2017-18 India's GDP was 9.4 % and in 2018-19 GDP has increased to 9.9 %. While the agricultural imports of India’s agricultural GDP from 5.7% has declined to 4.9 % demonstrating surplus export and cutting the dependence on import of agricultural products.
India's share in agricultural exports and imports in world agriculture trade was recorded to be 2.27% in 2017 and 1.90%, respectively, revealed by WTO data.
In 2018 the government launched an agriculture export policy focusing on export promotion on cluster of organic, novel, ethnic, non-traditional and novel agricultural products including perishables.
An agriculture ministry official, dealing with export said, "There is a constraint in food gran export for India. Rice can be exported, which is ongoing and cannot say so for wheat export as the produced wheat cannot face the global competition. India is cultivating just enough pulses to meet the needs of the country".