India’s agriculture exports during 2020-21 have registered an increase of 17.37% as compared to exports during 2019-20.

India has the 2nd largest arable land resource in the world.

The exports of Agri commodities showed a sharp increase of 23.24% during March - June 2020 witnessing an export of INR. 25,552.7 Cr against the export of INR. 20,734.8 Cr during the same period in 2019.

Moreover, agriculture contributes to 16.5% of India’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs 43% of the Indian workforce. The agriculture industry in India is the backbone of the Indian economy as it serves as the primary source of livelihood for approximately 58% of India’s population. Gross Value Added (GVA) by agriculture and allied sectors stood at 20.2% in 2020-21.

Schemes like Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana has helped in developing organic clusters and availability of chemical-free inputs to farmers, while the Government of India is also aiming to double farmers’ income by 2022. The high proportion of agricultural land (157 mn hectares) and diverse agro-climatic conditions encourage the cultivation of different crops. With 20 agri-climatic regions, all 15 major climates in the world exist in India.  The country also possesses 46 of the 60 soil types in the world.

India is the largest consumer of sugar in the world. The sugar industry is amongst the most significant agro-based industries in the country that influences the livelihood of about more than 5 crore farmers and their family members. Over 5 lakh workers are directly employed with the sugar mills in India. Moreover, India is the Second-largest producer of Wheat.

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India is the largest producer of spices, pulses, milk, tea, cashew and jute

India is the 2nd largest producer of Bamboo in the World

India is the second-largest producers of fruits and vegetables

Industry Scenario

The horticulture production during 2020-21 was 331.05 MMT, the highest ever and foodgrains production during 2019-20 was 296.65 MMT.

The agriculture sector in India is the primary source of livelihood for about 58% of India’s population.

The Indian Agriculture Export Policy, 2018 was approved by the Government of India in December 2018. The new policy aimed to increase India’s agricultural export to $60 bn by 2022 and $100 bn in the next few years with a stable trade policy regime.

In 2019, India was the 9th largest exporter of agricultural products and the total value of exported agricultural products stood at $37.4 bn. India exported agri-machinery worth $1,024 mn during 2019-20. Of this, 76.4% was exported to the UK, North America, Eastern Europe, EU, Africa, ASEAN, and SAARC.

The export of rice increased from $1.9 bn in April-June 2020 to $2.3 bn in April-June 2021.

The export of Agri and allied commodities during April 2020 - February 2021 were INR 2.74 lakh crore as compared to INR 2.31 crore in the same period last year indicating an increase of 18.49%. During April-December 2020, the export of Basmati Rice was $2,947 mn against $2,936 mn reported during same period in the previous year. Major destination for the Basmati rice exports from India is to the countries including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, European Countries etc.

The volume of tea exported during April - January 2021 amounted to 172.46 million kg, with CIS being the top exported Indian tea at 42.64 mkg. UAE was the top importer of India tea during the same period at 10.92 mkg of imports.

Large population and rising urban and rural income have added to growth in demand for agriculture products. As per the Union Budget of India 2020-21, allocation of $40.06 bn was made to the Ministry of Agriculture.

India ranks first in the number of organic farmers and ninth in terms of area under organic farming.

India’s agriculture technology can grow to $24.1 bn in 5 years. The current market size of agri tech, including AI-based agri innovation start-ups in India, is nearly worth $204 mn.

The Bamboo Industry has the potential to be worth $4.29bn.

Export of Rice was valued at $715.24 bn in August 2021 with a positive growth of 6.58% over exports of $671.08 bn in August 2020.



  • Demand-side drivers

    Population and income growth, Increasing exports & Favourable demographics

  • Supply-side drivers

    Hybrid and genetically modified seeds, Favourable climate for agriculture and wide variety of crops, Mechanisation Irrigational facilities and Green revolution in Eastern India

  • Policy support

    Growing institutional credit, Increasing MSP, Introduction of new schemes like Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, Pradhanmantri Gram, Sinchai Yojana, and Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana and Opening exports of wheat and rice

  • Logistics support

    Initiatives like Kisan Rath (mobile app for farmers, FPOs and traders), 200+ Kisan Rails and Krishi Udaan Scheme for produce transportation, and Perishable Cargo Centres, cold storage facilities at Airports and Inland Container Depot as well as cargo terminals and warehouses.


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Asked Questions

What is the Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure scheme?

It is common knowledge that there is a need to promote agriculture marketing infrastructure projects for reducing the involvement of intermediates and minimizing post-harvest losses. A robust agriculture marketing infrastructure will ensure better remuneration to farmers and supply of better quality products to consumers and processing industries. During the XII plan period, the estimated investment for marketing infrastructure and value chain development was $ 8.61 billion .

To address this need, the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC), Govt. of India has introduced the Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure (AMI) Scheme by merging the earlier GrameenBhandaranYojana (GBY) and the Scheme for Development/Strengthening of Agricultural Marketing Infrastructure, Grading and Standardization (AMIGS).

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What is agricultural biotechnology?

Agricultural biotechnology is an advanced technology that allows plant breeders to make precise genetic changes to impart beneficial traits to the crop plants we rely on for food and fiber.

For centuries farmers and plant breeders have labored to improve crop plants. Traditional breeding methods include selecting and sowing the seeds from the strongest, most desirable plants to produce the next generation of crops. By selecting and breeding plants with characteristics such as higher yield, resistance to pests and hardiness, early farmers dramatically changed the genetic make-up of crop plants long before the science of genetics was understood. As a result, most of today's crop plants bear little resemblance to their wild ancestors.

The tools of modern biotechnology allow plant breeders to select genes that produce beneficial traits and move them from one organism to another. This process is far more precise and selective than crossbreeding, which involves the transfer of tens of thousands of genes, and provided plant developers with a more detailed knowledge of the changes being made.

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What are the benefits of Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2020?

This Act empowers farmers to freely sell their produce from farm gate directly to the buyers/exporters/processors/retailers who are offering better prices as alternative to APMC Markets without paying any market fee in trade area. It will help to reduce transportation cost of farmers produce from the farm gate to the mandis. It will also help in reducing post-harvest losses. The farmers can now store their produce in warehouses after harvest and sell it directly from such warehouses at appropriate time at suitable prices without bringing the produce to APMC Markets for selling.

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Under Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2020, corporate companies are also becoming entity as ‘farmer’?

Corporate companies are not included in the definition of farmer in this Act. Only Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs), which are registered under any law, are included under the definition of farmer apart from individual farmers.

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What are the payment procedures for FPO or Agricultural Cooperative Society under Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2020?
  • An FPO or an agricultural co-operative society shall make payment to the farmer immediately after sale, but not later than fourteen days from the date of aggregation or purchase subject to the condition that the receipt of delivery shall be given to the farmer on the same day.
  • When FPO aggregates or buys the scheduled farmers’ produce from farmer in the trade area and sells such produce in raw form itself, it shall make the payment immediately after such sale, but not later than three days from the date of aggregation or purchase, if procedurally so required, subject to the condition that the receipt of delivery shall be given to the farmer on the same day.

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