|AEZ FOR GINGER IN SIKKIM|
With a view to exploiting the commercial potential of quality ginger grown in Sikkim, the proposal for setting up an Agri Export Zone for this produce was mooted by the State Government. The Steering Committee, recognising this potential, approved the project. The major markets being targeted are Japan, Singapore and other South East Asian countries. The project entails an investment of around Rs. 24.61 crores, with Rs. 7.78 crores coming from Central Government agencies, Rs. 8.95 crores from State Government agencies and remaining from private sector. In view of the price competitiveness of ginger grown in Sikkim, it is expected that there would be an incremental export of ginger to the tune of around Rs. 76 crores in the next 5 years. This project is likely to benefit around 15,000 farmers and would create direct employment for more 500 persons in processing and value addition. This Zone will address various issues in the value chain which include pre harvest and post harvest practices, transportation and packaging etc.