APEDA to set up five more agri export zones

New Delhi, January 23: | Updated: Jan 24 2002, 05:30am hrs
The steering committee of Agricultural and Processed Foods Development Authority (APEDA) on Wednesday cleared proposals for setting up of five more agri export zones (AEZs) in the country. With this recent clearance the number of sanctioned AEZ projects has pegged up to 15.

Speaking to The Financial Express, the APEDA chairman, Anil Swarup said that the five AEZs which are cleared would require an investment of Rs 237 crore. These include Rs 15 crore pineapple AEZ in Agartala in Tripura, Rs 35 crore mango AEZ in Maharashtra, Rs 53 crore vegetable and mango pulp AEZ in Chitoor in Andhra Pradesh, Rs 49 crore potato, onion and garlic AEZ catering to Ujjain, Indore, Devas, Dhar and Shahjapur districts in Maharashtra and Rs 85 crore apple AEZ catering to Srinagar, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kupwara and Pulwara districts in Jammu & Kashmir.

He said that the pineapple AEZ in Tripura is expected to export Rs 10.12 crore in value terms every year, the mango AEZ in Maharashtra is expected to export 19,500 tonne of mango per year, the vegetable and mango pulp AEZ in Andhra Pradesh is expected to export Rs 72 crore in value terms per year.

The new AEZ in Madhya Pradesh is expected to export 25,000 tonne of potato, 25,000 of onion and 18,500 tonne of garlic every year. The apple AEZ in Jammu&Kashmir is likely to export 15,000 tonne of apples per year.

Mr Swarup is hopeful that by the end of the current fiscal in March this year the total number of sanctioned AEZs will scale up to 20. He said that already over 20 more proposals for setting up of AEZs in different states are under consideration. These proposals are for setting up of mango and dehydrated vegetables AEZs in Gujarat, orange AEZ in Maharashtra, oilseeds AEZ in Madhya Pradesh, mango and litchi AEZs in West Bengal, pineapple AEZ in Assam, ginger AEZ in Mizoram, passion fruits AEZ in Manipur, walnut AEZ in Jammu & Kashmir, grapes, pomegranate and acid lime AEZs in Karnataka, grapes and mango AEZs in Andhra Pradesh, litchi AEZ in Bihar, flower and ginger AEZ in Sikkim, basmati rice AEZ in Haryana, apple AEZ in Himachal Pradesh, flower AEZ in Uttaranchal, guargum AEZ in Rajasthan and mango AEZ in Tamil Nadu.