GUWAHATI: NERAMAC (North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited) has initiated its first-ever export of maize to Bangladesh. This consignment is sourced from the farms of Burigaon in the Darrang district and will give a further boost to the farmers' income, especially during this pandemic situation.
Though the initial order is for 50 MT of maize, NERAMAC expects this will open the floodgate for exporting the varied Agri-Horti produces of Northeast India to newer markets.
Agriculture Minister Atul Bora flagged off the shipment in the presence of a host of dignitaries. He said, "We have immense potential for tapping new markets and bringing better earnings for the farmers of Assam. I congratulate NERAMAC in this endeavour and hope that this is the start of many more export transactions". NERAMAC Managing Director Manoj K Das said, "This initial order is a learning experience for the team NERAMAC, and this is only the beginning. Bangladesh requires about 43 lakh MT of maize every year. The neighbouring country can meet more than half of their requirement from the north-eastern region. In future, there can be ancillary industries like cornflakes, furfural alcohol from hops etc."
Das also thanked the team NERAMAC led by Arjun Bhoral, for its tireless work towards closing the transactions meeting all statutory requirements of export marketing.
NERAMAC's partner in Bangladesh is Simura Industrial & Mercantile Company Ltd for this transaction. NERAMAC, under the Ministry of DoNER, has been focusing on improving the condition of farmers of the north-eastern region by providing them with a platform to sell them at a fair and reasonable price, a press release said.