Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Ted McKinney led a team of 50 on an agribusinesses trade mission to India from October 30 to November 3. He met with government and industry officials, and Indian companies that import U.S. agricultural products. India is the 17th largest export market for the U.S., McKinney said.
“The response has been nothing short of overwhelming — warm and embracing at all levels is how I would describe it,” he said. “We’ve had many opportunities and real discussions about trade. There are great opportunities for trade.”
U.S. agricultural exports to India totaled $1.3 billion in 2016, with tree nuts, cotton, pulses, fresh and processed fruits and prepared foods accounting for more than 80 percent of those exports. India is also a major market for U.S. ethanol exports. The United States is India’s top ethanol supplier, with sales totaling nearly $176 million last year, reports Agrinews.