The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was established by the Government of India under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act passed by the Parliament in December, 1985. The Act (2 of 1986) came into effect from 13th February, 1986 by a notification issued in the Gazette of India: Extraordinary: Part-II [Sec. 3(ii): 13.2.1986). The Authority replaced the Processed Food Export Promotion Council (PFEPC).


In accordance with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act, 1985, (2 of 1986) the following functions have been assigned to the Authority.


APEDA is mandated with the responsibility of export promotion and development of the following scheduled products:

Basmati Rice has been included in the Second Schedule of APEDA Act.

In addition to this, APEDA has been entrusted with the responsibility of monitoring the import of sugar as well.

APEDA also functions as the Secretariat to the National Accreditation Board (NAB) for implementation of accreditation of the Certification Bodies under National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) for organic exports. “Organic Products” for export are to be certified only if Produced, Processed and Packed as per the standards laid down in the document – "National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP)."

Vide DGFT Notification No. 6/2015-2020 dated: 14/06/2021 Cashew Kernels, Cashewnut Shell Liquid, Cardanol are now under the jurisdiction of APEDA.


As prescribed by the statute, the APEDA Authority consists of the following members namely:

9. Two members appointed by the Central Government from amongst specialists and scientists in the fields of agriculture, economics and marketing of the scheduled products.


Chairman - Appointed by the Central Government
Director - Appointed by APEDA
Secretary - Appointed by the Central Government
Other Officers and Staff - Appointed by the Authority

Section 7 (3) of the APEDA Act provides for appointment of such officers and employees by the Authority as may be necessary for the efficient performance of its functions.

The sanctioned strength/posts in Group A, B and C is 41, 42 and 60 respectively. The Group C posts to be abolished upon becoming vacant as per Restructuring Report in respect of APEDA approved by MOC&I – DoC’s letter dated 24.1.2019.

At present, APEDA has a total of 23 female employees in Group A, B and C categories. The welfare of the female employees is also well looked after.

As per Govt. norms, the reservation for physically handicapped persons is 4% of the total strength in all grades. In APEDA, two incumbents are physically challenged. APEDA has taken care of the welfare of persons with disabilities. APEDA has provided motorized wheel chair to one of the employees to move within the office.


APEDA has marked its presence in almost all agro potential states of India and has been providing services to agri-export community through its head office, 16 Regional offices.

Head Office

Regional Offices