Government has announced the first ever ‘India International Cooperatives Trade Fair’(IICTF) which will be held in New Delhi.
The fair is being conducted with the support of Network for Development of Agricultural Cooperatives(NEDAC),ministries,four state governments and several apex levels Indian cooperative organizations.
The Trade Fair is aimed at promoting cooperative to cooperative trade within India and abroad leading to enhanced rural and farm prosperity.
This trade fair is conducted as Cooperative sector has a big role to play in doubling agriculture exports from present US $ 30 billion to US$ 60 billion+ by 2022 as envisaged in the Agriculture Export Policy.
Towards this end a Cooperative Sector Exports Promotion Forum has also been set up.An estimated 94% of the Indian farmers are members of at least one cooperative institution.
Further,IICTF would be major platform to promote exports by cooperatives with direct benefits to their members who are mainly farmers, artisans, women,SC /ST among others.