AEZ FOR FRESH VEGETABLES IN PUNJAB

Vegetable consumption in the international market is growing both for exotic and Indian type of vegetables. This opens an opportunity for India to promote vegetable exports particularly to the markets of Middle East and Europe. The analysis of agro ecological situation (climate, soil, etc.), and the current production scenario clearly indicate that Punjab has a distinct advantage in growing and exporting these vegetables, provided the entire production programme is geared up to the requirement of the markets in terms of quality, seasonality and sustained deliverance. The proposed programme encompasses the following to establish a sustainable export base: Production enhancement (contract farming and advanced nursery techniques supported with extension network) Post harvest infrastructure (Collection centers, mobile pre cooling units, pack house, reefer transportation, etc.) The AEZ will entail an investment of Rs. 26.77 crores (out of which Rs. 15.10 crores is for Food Park under MOFPI scheme). The Government contribution to the investment will be Rs. 11.83 crores (inclusive of Rs. 4 crores subsidy by MOFPI FOR FOOD PARK) and private sector will contribute Rs. 14.94 crores. This would lead to an export of around Rs. 129 crores in the next year. The AEZ will benefit more than 1500 farmers and creates direct employment for 500-750 person in processing and about 2000 additional man-750 persons in processing and about 2000 additional man-years in agricultural production.