|AEZ FOR HORTICULTURE IN KERALA|
Kerala is a major exporter of Fruits and Vegetables and currently exporting about 25000 MT. The average increase in exports is about 12% per annum. Horticulture production in Kerala is of natural consequence and almost nine out of fourteen districts in the state had substantial scope for growth in the horticulture sector. In view of this, state proposed an Agri Export Zone. In principal approval for setting up of Agri Export Zone was given by Steering Committee covering contiguous area of Thrissur, Ernakulam, Kottayaam, Alappuzha, Pathanumthitta, Kollam, Thiruventhapuram, Idukki, and Palakakad districts . The Project would entail an investment of around Rs. 29.87 Crores out of which Rs. 9.98 Crores will flow from the Central Government Agencies, Rs. 8.03 Crores from State Government Agencies and private sector will put around Rs. 11.86 Crores. In the next 5 years it is expected that there would be an export of Rs. 163 Crores from this zone. Around 14000 farmers are also likely to benefit from the setting up of this zone. This zone will entail setting up of Agri Information Centre, demonstration of crop husbandry practices etc.