NEW DELHI : APEDA organized the first trial shipment export of green chillies etc. by Elite Oceanic Trading Pvt. Ltd. from Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi to Dubai with the logistics support of Spice Jet airline.
The first trial consignment was flagged off by Shri D.K. Singh Chairman, APEDA, on 20 December 2017. The consignment was flagged off in the presence of Dr. B. Singh, Director, Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR) and representatives of NPPO, DGFT, the state horticulture department, exporters and farmers. This was the first consignment of vegetable exports from the Purvanchal Region of Uttar Pradesh and would encourage entrepreneurs to boost export of fresh vegetables from this region.
Eastern Uttar Pradesh is one of the potential areas for export of fresh fruits and vegetables, such as green chillies, okra, bitter guard, green peas, brinjal and mango and guava etc. Despite the potential of fresh produce in Uttar Pradesh, exports are not taking place due to logistic constraints.
To address this concern, the Agricultural and Processed Food Exports Development Authority (APEDA) has sensitized exporters to source produce from Uttar Pradesh for export to various markets. As an outcome of this effort, one exporter has agreed to export green chillies and green peas from Varanasi to Dubai. Necessary tie up with importers has also been facilitated by APEDA. With the efforts of APEDA, facilities of custom clearance and phyto-sanitary certificate issuance at Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi are being set up, to facilitate exporters from the region for export of fresh fruits and vegetables. Spice Jet airlines has also come forward to facilitate trade from Varanasi by sending the consignment via Delhi.