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APEDA is promoting exports of value-added and health products
The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) recently facilitated exports of the first consignment of various value-added and nutri-rich products derived from Jackfruit, Passion fruit and Nutmeg (Jaiphal) sourced from farmers in Thrissur, Kerala, to Melbourne, Australia.
These products have a shelf life of more than one year. APEDA is promoting exports of value-added and health products as part of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim for achieving $ 400 billion merchandise exports by 2021-22.
Jackfruit, originated in WesternGhats, was declared the state fruit of Kerala in March, 2018. The largest tree borne fruit is dense in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. The tropical fruit is the popular meat substitute among vegans due to its protein content. The major export destinations of Jackfruit are Singapore, Nepal, Qatar, Germany etc.
On the other hand, Passion fruit is a nutritious tropical fruit rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. It is a beneficial fruit with a healthful nutrition profile important for skin, vision & immune system.