A meeting on air cargo development with end-to-end logistics value chain was held by the Industries and Commerce Department in collaboration with Airport Authority of India (AAI) and AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services Company Ltd at Assam Administrative Staff College, Khanapara on Tuesday.
Addressing the gathering, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Ravi Capoor, said, “Exports from Guwahati Airport is now visible with fresh vegetables, fruits and spices sourced from various districts of Assam being directly exported to the markets of Dubai, UAE.”
D K Kamra, regional executive director, Airport Authority of India (AAI), North East Region, said “With the facility of direct custom clearance of air cargo at the Guwahati Airport, the farmers and exporters can send their produce from Guwahati to any part of the globe through Air Cargo.”
“Similar cargo complex will come up in Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Imphal and Agartala,” added Kamra.
The farmers and exporters suggested that air freight charges from Guwahati to Gulf and European Nations should be at par with the freight charge from Kolkata.
They also expressed the necessity of cold storage, pack houses, buyer-seller meet, lab-testing facility and state organic certification agency.
Ravi Capoor called upon APEDA and NERAMAC to work in close coordination with district industry and agriculture officers to conduct awareness camps among the cluster of farmers.
Progressive farmers from various districts, exporters, representatives from NERAMAC, APEDA, private airline companies like Indigo, Spice Jet, Jet Airways were present at the meeting.
The objective of the meeting was to improve business, remove obstacles, make export hassle-free and expedite processes to benefit the farmers.
Ravi Capoor also felicitated farmers – Karna Rai (organic papaya cultivation) and Anwar Hussain (urohi) and exporters – Kaushik Baruah and Kreamy Craft.
Dr K K Dwivedi, MD, AIDC and Puru Gupta, Commissioner, Industries and Commerce, were also present in the meeting.