Friday, June 16, 2017

Chartered jet with veggies to leave for Doha on Friday

Kozhikode: Qatar, which is facing an economic embargo by its neighbours following a diplomatic row, is set to get a helping hand from Kerala to meet its vegetable demands.
A special cargo flight carrying 60 tonnes of fresh vegetables, chartered by a Kochi-based export firm with links to a super-market chain in the Gulf, is expected to take off for Qatari capital Doha from the Nedumbassery airport on Friday. The Airbus A330 belongs to the Qatar Airways.
Vegetable exporters from the state are also cashing in on the huge demand from Qatar by sending maximum capacity cargo of vegetables in all available passenger flights from the three airports in the state to Doha.
Qatar, which imports most of its food supplies, is looking for new vegetable markets following the imposition of a blockade on June 5.
Earlier, Emirates flights from Kochi to Dubai used to carry around 12 tonnes of vegetables destined for Qatar daily. This has stopped with the blockade now, said a senior official with the cargo service centre of the Cochin International Airport Ltd (Cial).
16/06/17 KR Rajeev/Times of India