India's Export of Agro and Food Products to Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC): A Study for the Period of 1991-2001

Indian Journal of Social and Economic Policy, Vol. 1. No. 1., pp. 127-135, June 2004

Posted: 3 Nov 2010

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Shahid Ahmed

Jamia Millia Islamia (A Central University) - Economics

Puja Rustagi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

Liberalization of Indian economy has opened immense opportunities for export of agricultural products. GCC countries are heavily dependent on import of agricultural commodities to fulfill the needs of their rapidly growing population. Due to geographical proximity to GCC countries and natural comparative advantages to Indian farmers there is a large scope for exports of agricultural commodities to GCC. Recognizing this, the paper makes an attempt to analyze India's agro exports to GCC covering traditional and non -traditional agro exports. The absolute value of exports of the Indian agricultural and food products has increased significantly since the initiation of trade liberalization. However, the relative share of India's agro and food products to GCC countries has declined during 1991-2001. This share was 30% in .2000-01 in India's agro export, which constitutes a major part in India's agro export indicating the importance of GCC in Indian exports. The compound growth rate of export of other processed food was the highest as compared to the export of other commodities to GCC. It can be concluded that Indian farmers are relatively better placed to exploit the emerging opportunities if proper policy support is provided to them. Thus, there exists plenty of scope for Indian agricultural exports in the new economic environment.

Suggested Citation

Ahmed, Shahid and Rustagi, Puja, India's Export of Agro and Food Products to Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC): A Study for the Period of 1991-2001 (2004). Indian Journal of Social and Economic Policy, Vol. 1. No. 1., pp. 127-135, June 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1701565

Shahid Ahmed (Contact Author)

Jamia Millia Islamia (A Central University) - Economics ( email )

Jamia Nagar
New Delhi, 110025
India

HOME PAGE: http://jmi.ac.in/economics/faculty-members/Prof_Shahid_Ahmed-1783

Puja Rustagi

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