AEZ MANGOES IN UTTAR PRADESH

India is one of the largest producers of mangoes in the world. With efforts being made to open up markets like China, Japan and Australia, it was felt that focus should also hinge upon such areas where well know varieties of mangoes are produced but not adequately exported. For the purpose of exports, the focus would be on research for pre-harvest and post-harvest management so as to take care of the pest related and packaging issues, as also for increasing the shelf life. Addressing such issues is the primary objective of the Agri Export Zone proposed to be set up in the contiguous districts of Lucknow, Unnao, Hardoi, Sitapur and Barabanki. The project envisages an investment of Rs. 44.71 crore, out which Rs. 16.48 crore will come from various central and state government agencies and the remaining from the private sector. The investment would be made in a period of four years. This is likely to lead to an incremental export of mango and mango products of around Rs. 170 crore in the next five years. Around 600 farmers would be benefited through such exports which would also generate a lot of indirect employment as well.