State gung-ho about setting up AEZs

Ahmedabad, Mar 28 | Updated: Mar 29 2007, 07:36am hrs
Buoyed by the constant increase in the agriculture output in Gujarat, the state government has plans to set up agri-export zones (AEZs) for various crops such as groundnut, isabgol or psyillium husk , cumin seed (jeera), castor, sesame seed and potato, at different locations in the state.

Replying to a question raised by the Gordhan Jhadafia in the state Assembly on Wednesday, Bhhupendrasinh Chudasama, state agriculture minister, informed the House, In order to promote the agriculture exports in the state, the Modi government has recommended the establishment of agri export zones (AEZs) at different locations for a range of crops.

Gujarat already has set up a number of AEZs for mangoes, onions and vegetables at Ahmedabad, Surat, Valsad, Navsari, Bharuch and Saurashtra, the minister said. He added, The state government has received proposals for agriculture sector during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit, 2007 held in January and the state government plans to set up more AEZs in the state, for which it has already made recommendations to the Centre.

Chudasama said that Saurashtra would have an AEZ for groundnut, while two AEZs would be set up for castor and isabgol or psyillium husk in North Gujarat.