GUWAHATI: In a bid to promote vocal for local, Assam's handicraftsman made plates made from barks of betel nut tree locally known as "Dhokuna" have captured the international market like England, Austria, Japan.
Meanwhile an awareness drive, Barpeta DC, Tej Prasad Bhusal informed that district administration and Industrial corporation organized Export Convention at officer's club on Saturday.
In a meeting chaired by District Deputy Commissioner Tej Prasad Bhusal on the occasion of the export summit, District Industry and Trade Centre General Manager Ritumani Pisani mentioned various possibilities and facilities of export trade.
The meeting also mentioned the experiences of several entrepreneurs involved in the trade in the country's export.
Notably earlier, the Department of Agriculture through the Assam Agri-Business and Rural Transformation Project (APART) initiated its first export-oriented consignment by facilitating the export of Assam lemon from Panbari Bodofa Farmer Producer Company (FPC) in Chirang district.
The consignment of 1200 kg of Assam lemon was handpicked from selected lemon orchards under Panbari FPC and packed for shipment adhering to all the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for export shipments of agri-horti commodities. This was conducted under close supervision of APART team at the Bodofa FPC Common Service Center. The consignment was delivered at the International Cargo Terminal of LGBIA Guwahati jointly by Bodofa FPC and APART officials in the presence of the exporter, Keiga Exims Pvt. Ltd, a registered exporter under Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
This initial export transaction under APART is considered to be highly successful as it fulfilled all the salient features for export promotion. The farmers were also able to sell their produce at a premium price as the same was procured directly from the farm gate. The aggregation model was through the FPC, and pre-shipment sampling, physical assessment and parameter check were carried out by the APART team, following all the SOPs for export.