City Correspondent

GUWAHATI, Feb 19: State Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary chaired an export conclave organised by the Department of Industries and Commerce in collaboration with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority at Assam Administrative Staff College here today.

Patowary said, “Assam government has given great thrust for promoting exports of horticultural and agricultural products and processed foods. The agro-climatic conditions of the State favour growth of a variety of fruits, vegetables and spices which can contribute a lot to the setting up of agro-processing industries in the State. Assam has a surplus of fruits and vegetables and has been exporting to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Kuwait. Even during the COVID-19 lockdown period, Assam exported consignments of vegetables to Middle East countries. The focus given here shall go a long way in establishing their well-deserved marketability in the international markets.”

The Industry Minister stated that the attractive incentives in the State’s exports and logistics policy, integrated check post at Sutarkandi, land customs stations at Golokganj, Mankachar and Darrangamela and the air cargo terminal for perishable goods near LGBI airport at Borjhar here will boost infrastructure growth to turn Assam into an export hub.

“Completion of the International Agar Trade Centre at Golaghat and Tea Park at Chaygaon will help in producing, processing, packaging and marketing quality products across the globe,” he added.

Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the importance laid on Act East Policy, Patowary said North East has now emerged as the fulcrum of the country’s economic relations with the ASEAN and BBN bloc countries. The Minister added that with the launch of the ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ initiative by the Prime Minister, connectivity through Brahmaputra waterways will greatly be strengthened.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Assam government and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT).

Pabitra Ram Khaund, Commissioner of Industries; Dr K Rangarajan, centre head, IIFT and representatives from Organic Certification Agency, Tea Board of India, Indian Railway Freight Service, Central Warehousing Corporation and Plant Protection, Quarantine and Storage were present at the event.