By VIRENDRA SINGH RAWAT
LUCKNOW, Sep 10 (The CONNECT) - A surge in export consignments to Nepal, Bangladesh and some South East Asian countries helped Uttar Pradesh beat the pandemic blues in the current financial year 2021-22.
The shipments of primarily non-industrial products viz. footwear, carpets, toys, glassware, leather and textile went up during Apr-May 2021 – the peak of the second wave of Covid-19 in India.
“The state received encouraging export orders for products like rice, medicines, silk, fertilisers, fish products, sugar etc,” a state government official said. He said the “unprecedented’ surge in exports was owing to the proactive efforts by chief minister Yogi Adityanath to energise the ‘Make in India’ theme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The export basket during the period saw UP log 152 percent upswing in the value of shipments from about Rs 8,511 crore in Apr-May 2020 to Rs 21,500 crore in Apr-May 2021. Now, UP is ranked 6th among the major exporting states of India after Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
According to the official figures, footwear and toys exports shot up from Rs 147 crore and Rs 26.19 crore in Apr-May 2020 to Rs 742 crore and Rs 121 crore respectively in the corresponding period this financial year. Similarly, glassware shipments jumped from Rs 40 crore during the same period last year to Rs 311 crore this year.
Carpets and textile fabrics shipments witnessed threefold increase from Rs 248 crore in Apr-May 2020 to Rs 744 crore this year. The export of leather products saw a massive more than six-fold increase from Rs 79 crore last year to Rs 494 crore this year.
“Even during the pandemic, leather, textile and glassware products were exported to different parts of the world. Today, there is a huge demand for a wide range of state’s products, which have successfully created a niche in their categories globally,” the government official observed.
To promote exports, the UP government has also decided to set up Overseas Trade Promotion and Facilitation Centres in all the 75 districts.
In 2020-21, UP was ranked 5th in the league of Indian states in terms of the value of shipments with the state figuring among the largest exporters across various categories.
According to the India Exim Bank, UP has the potential to clock exports of US$ 30 billion in the short to medium term with targetted policy and other interventions. In its report, the Bank said the ‘significant growth’ in exports from UP could be partly attributed to a conducive policy environment for manufacturing and exports.
In 2020-21, merchandise exports from UP posted a year-on-year decline of 3.5 percent, after several consecutive years of growth, largely on account of the Covid-19 associated disruptions to international trade. “The decline in merchandise exports from the state during the year was relatively muted as compared to the decline in merchandise exports from India as a whole,” the report noted.