AEZ FOR PINEAPLE IN WEST BENGAL

In view of the international demand for processed pineapple products and also on account of the concentration of pineapple growing in the district of Siliguri and Jalpaiguri of West Bengal, a proposal was mooted for setting up such a zone. This project entails development of the produce through research and extension by a dedicated team of personnel, setting up of processing plants by private entrepreneurs and concerted market efforts. As per the proposed projections, the total investment of Rs. 35.59 crores is envisaged, out of which Rs. 31.44 crores will come from the private entrepreneurs for setting up of processing plants. The remaining amount will come from various Government Agencies like Ministry of Food Processing Industry, National Horticulture Board, Ministry of Agriculture and APEDA. This investment is anticipated to lead to projected exports of around Rs. 127 crores in the next 5 years.