A special connectivity service has been launched by the IGI airport which will allow perishable agro-products from the Northeast to be stored at the air cargo terminal before they are exported. Consignments of items like kiwi, ginger and even flowers will arrive from Agartala to be ferried abroad. The first such consignment arrived from Agartala in Tripura before it was sent to Dubai where the custom clearances took place. As per sources, flight frequency will be decided based on the demand of items. The perishable goods will be given to the products to ensure they remain fresh.
Delhi airport had recently started cargo shipment of northeast’s agro-based products to domestic markets with the first consignment arriving from Guwahati on September 11 for domestic consumption.
The products are perishable in nature and need extra care. The air cargo terminal at IGI airport has the capability of storing them effectively before sending these items abroad. DIAL had initiated a study in 2016 to assess the potential of agro exports from the northeastern region of the country into the international market, and have now launched a service in association with Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). Agartala will act as the hub for eight north-eastern states from where the products will be sent to Delhi.
This move is likely to provide a boost to the north-eastern market with easier connectivity for their items. The eight states in the northeast will be covered under this, represented in six agro-climatic zones. Different kinds of fruits, vegetables, spices, ornamental and medicinal plants will also be able to get a market abroad.