During this Covid-19 pandemic, business and trade has been affected a lot, a lot of national and international import – export was also reduced seeing the situation and the economy as well. But with all such constraints, our country has managed to export dairy products internationally. Our country has exported the dairy products which is worth Rs 554 crore. We have exported to more than 110 countries till now.
A report which was given by the Agricultural & Processed Food Exports Development Authority which is known as the APEDA in short. This is the apex body for trade promotion. APEDA had last week found out that the UAE has been remaining as the biggest market for Indian dairy products and for the import of our products.
If we are talking about this year so far, orders worth of Rs 154 crore were placed and given to India by the UAE alone. After that comes US with an order of Rs 110 crore, which is then followed by Bhutan with Rs 78 crore, Singapore with an order worth of Rs 53 crore, Saudi Arabia with Rs 39 crore and Australia of Rs 37 crore.
During the last financial year, India exported different kinds of dairy products which was worth of Rs 1,341 crore which was significantly lower than that of the Rs 2,423 crore that was the year before that.
So, because of the pandemic going on throughout the world, this year’s export have been less than half so far, this was because of the pandemic effect and slo the fact that there still are four months left and this have been seen and taken as positive indicators.
Milk production which was given out from Uttar Pradesh was 30 MT, Rajasthan gave 23 MT, Andhra Pradesh gave out 15 MT and while Gujarat gave 14 MT. All this places and states have largely contributed to these exports.
Looking over the past four years, India’s dairy exports to different countries have overall reached to an amount of Rs 5,500 crore of trade. The top export in this whole period has been ghee with a trade of Rs 1,521 crore.
The UAE has given order and has imported ghee which was worth of Rs 74 crore this year till now.
Sanjeev Balyan who is the Union minister of state and animal husbandry told that one of the reasons why ghee is so popular is because of the presence of the Indian people and the Indian community in the Middle East.
Butter has also been in a huge export since the past four years with a trade of Rs 1,486 crore, which is then followed by farm cheese with a trade of Rs 435 crore and then milk cream with Rs 230 crore. There has also been a small market and trade for buttermilk of Rs 20 crore. Whole milk carton export has been very less and worth of just Rs 0.5 lakh.
Balyan said that as far as the low export and trade of the packed milk food supplements and the powdered milk is concerned, India has a lot of catching up that it needs to do. He said that other countries already have big international players which make the cheaper products for the retail markets.