TMA SCHEME FOR SPECIFIED AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS

  • Recently, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has revised the Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) scheme for specified agriculture products.
  • It will be effected on or after 1st April, 2021, up to 31st March, 2022.

Important points:

  • It was launched in 2019, for providing financial assistance for the transport and marketing of agricultural products to boost exports of such commodities to certain countries in Europe and North America.
  • In the year 2018, the government approved an Agriculture Export Policy with an aim to double the shipments to USD 60 billion by 2022.
  • APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) works towards expanding the export potential of Indian agricultural and food products.
  • Under the TMA, the government reimburses a certain portion of freight charges and provides assistance for the marketing of agricultural produce.
  • The assistance, at notified rates, will be available for export of eligible agriculture products to the permissible countries, as specified from time to time.
  • The revised scheme has included dairy products among other agriculture products in its purview and increased the rates of assistance.
  • Rates of assistance have been increased, by 50% for exports by sea and 100% through the air.
  • TMA would be reimbursed through the Regional Authorities of DGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade).

Agriculture Export Policy 2018

  • The vision of Agriculture Export Policy is to harness the export potential of Indian agriculture, through suitable policy instruments, to make India global power in agriculture and raise farmers income.
  • To provide an institutional mechanism for pursuing market access, tackling barriers and dealing with sanitary and phytosanitary issues.
  • Enable farmers to get the benefit of export opportunities in the overseas market.

Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority

  • APEDA is a non-trading, statutory body established by the Government of India under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act passed by the Parliament in December, 1985.
  • It functions under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The Authority has its headquarters in New Delhi.
  • It has been mandated with the responsibility of export promotion and development of the scheduled products viz. fruits, vegetables, meat products, dairy products, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages etc.
  • It has also been entrusted with the responsibility to monitor import of sugar.
  • In 2017, APEDA launched a mobile app- “Farmer Connect” to allow farmers to apply online to facilitate their farm registration, tracking the status of application & approvals by State Government and Lab sampling by authorized Laboratories.

SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT

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