Agriculture is the basic stay of the Indian economy, providing employment to over 50 per cent of its workforce and also contributes around 15 per cent to the country’s GDP.

The Agriculture and food Processing Sector are important source of raw material for the industrial sector as it plays as instrumental role in increasing the growth of economy.

The agrarian culture and varied regional climate in India have made a significant contribution to the global food basket. Indian curries, mangoes, snacks and spices are known for their excellent quality worldwide. Owing to advancements in technology in the agriculture and food industry, India is the second highest country in food production; it holds the top position in some food segments like

-          India is largest producer of bananas with production rate 14.2 Million tonnes.
-          India is the largest milk producer country in the world with production rate 132.4 Million tonnes
-          India has the highest buffalo population is 111 million; it is 58% of the world’s all over buffalo population.
-          India is leading into mango production; it contributes world’s 40.1 % mango production.
-          India is the second-largest producer of fish in the world (over 9.45 MT).
-          India occupies the second highest position in fruit (81.28 MT) and vegetable production (162.19 MT).
Export Highlights
The overall exports of agriculture and processed food products have touched US$ 11,023.79 million in the period April-September 2014. Exports of fruits and vegetables, both processed and fresh, have touched US$ 1,153.81 million, while animal products registered US$ 2,570.82 million amount of exports in the same period of 2014.

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.