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).
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 total sanctioned staff strength is 124 in different categories of A, B, C & D.
At present, APEDA has a total of 30 female employees in Group A, B and C categories. The welfare of the female employees is also well looked after. APEDA has provided a separate ladies room within the office premises.
As per Govt. norms, the reservation for physically handicapped persons is 3% of the total strength in all grades. APEDA has total sanctioned staff strength of 124 out of which two are physically handicapped employees. The requirement of 3% will be completed in subsequent recruitments.