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A farmer in Punjab becomes an exporter of cooked millets to Australia via the Center’s startup program

<p>About 500 startups have received assistance from the Agricultural and Processed Food goods Export Development Authority (APEDA) of the central government in marketing and exporting value-added millet goods.</p>
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<p>According to the Commerce Ministry on Tuesday, one of these startups is a farmer from the Sangrur region of Punjab who sold a shipment of 14.3 metric tons of millets and their products to Australia for a total estimated value of $45,803.</p>
<p>Abhishek Dev, the chairman of APEDA, announced the arrival of farmer Dilpreet Singh’s consignment, which included prepared millets.</p>
<p>Furthermore, this pioneering export venture by the Punjabi farmer included flours from Ragi, Jowar, Bajra, and a variety of millets, including Foxtail, Kodo, Barnyard, Browntop, Little, and Proso kinds.</p>
<p>The importer from Sydney, Jasvir Singh, took part in the virtual flag-off event as well.</p>
<p>He conveyed his sincere appreciation to APEDA for all of their help in making the cooperation possible.</p>
<p>He promised to keep importing more of these consignments in the future and is upbeat about creating new business chances.</p>
<p>The purchasers demand that the farmer maintain total control over the value chain from beginning to finish.</p>
<p>He farms his own millets, does all of the main and secondary processing there, as well as packing of the highest caliber for export.</p>
<p>With farmers such as Dilpreet playing a major role in agricultural exports, this success story shows how agriculture can be revolutionized.</p>
<p>This represents the empowerment of regional farmers into global markets.</p>
<p>The amount of millet exported increased from $62.95 million in 2021–2022 to $75.45 million in 2022–2023; as of November 2023, the current export amount is $45.46 million.</p>
<p>Globally, millets are becoming more and more popular.</p>
<p>Cereal preparation exports, which include value-added millet products, have increased significantly, up 12.4% over the same time previous year.</p>