India's agrarian culture and varied regional climate have made a significant contribution to the global food basket.Indian curries, mangoes, snacks and spices are known for their excellent quality worldwide. Globally, India holds the top position in the following food segments:
- India is the largest producer of milk in the world (121 million tonnes).
- India has the largest buffalo population (105 million).
- It is the largest producer of mangoes in the world (15 million tonnes).
- It is also the largest producer of bananas (29 million tonnes).
- It occupies the second position in fruit (74.8 million tonnes ) and vegetable production (146.5 million tonnes).
- It is the third-largest producer of fish in the world (8.3 million tonnes).
Agriculture is the mainstay of the Indian economy, providing employment to 52 per cent of its workforce. The agriculture and food processing sector plays an instrumental role in augmenting the growth of the economy, as it is an important source of raw material for the industrial sector
The Indian Agriculture and food industry can be categorised into five broad segments, namely:
Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Floriculture, comprising fruit and vegetable seeds and flowers
- Processed fruits and vegetables and other processed foods
- Animal products, including meat, poultry, dairy and honey
- Cereals such as rice and wheat
Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority
The Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) plays a significant role in tapping India’s agricultural strengths and works towards expanding the export potential of Indian agricultural and food products
NCUI Building 3
Siri Institutional Area
August Kranti Marg
New Delhi - 110 016
Tel.: + 91-11-26513204
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