AEZ FOR FLORICULTURE (ORCHIDS) & CHERRY PEPPER IN SIKKIM
Sikkim has been known for orchids. However, so far, hardly any export of these flowers takes place from this State. In view of the potential of export of these flowers, the State Government submitted a proposal for setting up of an Agri Export Zone. To utilize the common infrastructural facilities, it was also proposed that cherry pepper may also be included in this project. The project approved by the Steering Committee entails a total investment of around Rs. 32.31 crores out which around Rs.7.97 crores will flow from the Central Government agencies, Rs. 2.40 crores from State Government agencies and the remaining from the private sector. It has also been decided that the common facilities will be managed by the private sector. It is expected that as a consequence of setting up of this Agri Export Zone, there would be an export of around Rs. 36 crores worth of orchids in the next 5 years and around Rs. 8.33 crores worth of cherry capsicum. Setting up of this Agri Export Zone would lead to a direct employment of around 1500 people apart from the indirect engagement of around 3500 persons. There would be job opportunities available for more than 200 educated un-employed youth as well.