It is likely to be estimated that in the upcoming three years there will be a rise of demand on the value added products of fox nut (makhana) by 25-40%. The information was given by the Food Processing Industries Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar.
In countries like India, China, Thailand, Japan the demand for makhana is highly popular.
“As per the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), the demand for value-added products of makhana is expected to grow by 25-40 per cent over the next three years,” the minister said in his written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
Under the government scheme, the step has been taken to promote makhana products. That scheme is referred to as One District One Product (ODOP). That is why, the centre has identified six districts of Bihar to make it popular for makhana. These districts are- Saharsa, Supaul, Araria, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Katihar.
“There is no separate Harmonised System (HS) code for exports or imports of makhana or its products. Hence, estimates for the exports and imports of such products are not available, he added.
APEDA organizes buyer-seller meets for export promotion of health products and Nutri cereals including makhana.”