GoI package could boost Arunachal export: Taga

Export quality orange

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR: Minister Taga was hones in his presentation as after mandarin oranges from Dambuk exported to Bangladesh and other NE states since 2010 (seen in picture), was exported for the first time to Dubai in January 2018 creating a record.

One metric tonnes of oranges, oldest cultivated fruit of the Arunachal, produced by Dambuk farmers of in Lower Dibang valley, was exported by a Jet Airways flight. Arunachal orange with a GI (Geographical indication) tag will be sold at Al-Aweer fruit and vegetable market, one of the places that provides freshest of foods not merely in Dubai but also rest of the UAE.

This was an initiative of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, an apex organization under C&I Ministry, which facilitates and promotes exports of agriculture and other allied products.

Thus, a central export package would make Arunachal export partner of India.

NEW DELHI, Jan 11: Arunachal boasts of huge scope in agriculture-horticulture sector including good export prospects for large size cardamom, black pepper and cinnamon, state’s Power & Industries Minister Tamiyo Taga said and pleaded for special export package for the landlocked and underdeveloped Himalayan state.

Addressing 4th meeting of Trade Development and Promotion Council of commerce & industry ministry here recently, he said that logistic constraints, gaps in export infrastructure, including testing, certification, regulatory processes and inability to create the basic infrastructure – roads, bridges and industrial infrastructure like power project, industrial estates were greatest hurdles to tap state’s abundant rich natural resources. Thus, people have been victims of isolation syndrome and suffering from physiographical problem, he said and sought central guidance and helps to exploit and convert these resources into commercially sustainable activities for economic growth.

Advocating restoration of border trade with Myanmar and Tibet region of China through Arunachal, suspended after 1962 Chinese war, as state’s bamboo shoots, kiwi, cardamom, ginger, rubber and oranges have huge demands in South Asian countries. He sought agency to certify organic products, banking facilities with foreign exchange provision at Nampong, 13-km form Pangsau Pass border of Myanmar, where border trade centre of the GoI once functioned.

Arunachaless are adept in piggery, which should be promoted by encouraging firm to factory approach, like USA and China for India to become a pork exporting nation. This will require incentive capital subsidy from the centre, he reasoned. He also stressed for financial assistance for to set up urban haat at Itanagar. An export oriented industrial park should be set up in Arunachal which can provide infrastructure support to Cane & Bamboo based industries with export orientation through Private Entrepreneurship.

He also sought logistic hub in the state for storage, cold storage, grading, packaging, transportation/cargo and marketing of agro-horti products, including large size cardamom, besides cluster-based industrial corridors along Trans-Arunachal Highway along with cold chain, processing and marketing infrastructure, integrated domestic trade centres along inter-state boundary towns.

Union Commerce & Industry (C&T) Minister Suresh Prabhu and MoS (C&T) C. R. Choudhary addressed ministers and senior officers of 15 states. Besides state’s commerce secretary Onit Panyang and BJP ST morcha president Hinium Tachu, senior GoI officers and representatives of industry bodies attended the meeting aimed at enhancing the Centre’s cooperation to make states active partners to boosting India’s exports.

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