It classifies states based on their geography, placing them under few major categories – coastal, landlocked, Himalayan, and union territories, city states. Overall, coastal states scored much higher than other categories in almost all sub-pillars such as export promotion policy, institutional framework, infrastructure, business environment, access to finance and export infrastructure. Only in research and development infrastructure did the union territories fare better.
Many Northeastern states under the ‘growth orientation’ sub-pillar were able to export more by focusing on their indigenous product basket. This shows that a focused development of such baskets (like spices) can drive exports
and also improve farmer incomes.
The report flagged the major intra-and inter-regional disparities in export infrastructure, problems in trade support and lack of unique exports
as the main challenges hampering export growth.
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