Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Kushinagar International Airport is to open up opportunities for horticulture exports

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Kushinagar International Airport on 20th October 2021.

The airport will serve a population of more than two crore, since the airport has a hinterland of around10-15 Districts and will be a great support for large migrant population of Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Western / Northern Part of Bihar.

It will also boost the opportunities for export of horticultural products like Banana, Strawberries and Mushroom.

According to the reports by Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) India's share in the global market is still nearly 1% only, there is increasing acceptance of horticulture produce from the country.

This has occurred due to concurrent developments in the areas of state-of-the-art cold chain infrastructure and quality assurance measures. Apart from large investment pumped in by the private sector, public sector has also taken initiatives and with APEDA's assistance several Centers for Perishable Cargoes and integrated post-harvest handling facilities have been set up in the country. Capacity building initiatives at the farmers, processors and exporters' levels has also contributed towards this effort.

The inauguration will be done in the presence of Anandiben Patel, Governor, Uttar Pradesh; Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister, UP; and Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Minister for Civil Aviation among others.

A tourism promotional event will also be organized at Kushinagar in which key tour operators handling Buddhist Circuit will participate.

The presence of airport is expected to increase tourist inflow by 20% (as per UP government estimates). It will also lead to creation of more employment opportunities for the locals.

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