G.V. Ramana Rao

This is part of the district development plan

VIJAYAWADA: The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) plans to promote Krishna district as a geographical indication for Banganapalli variety of mango, and mango in general as the ‘State fruit'.

In the ‘District Development Plan' for Krishna released by CII Vijayawada Zone chairman J.S.R.K. Prasad, the developing of Krishna district as a geographical indication for Banganapalli mangoes on a global scale has been listed in the second wave of activity along with the agro processing initiative, solid waste management initiative, Vijayawada industrial expansion initiative, footwear industry promotion scheme, tourism project and revival of Autonagar.

The CII has planned skill development for industrial workers, assistance to farmers and helpline to women and children in the ‘first wave' of the district development plan.

Time frame

One year from the time of launching the initiative has been set as the time frame for promoting Krishna district as a geographical indication for Banganapalli. The CII has given itself two years to promote mango as the ‘State fruit'. As part of the Krishna agro processing initiative, the setting up of cold storage chains near places of cultivation to ensure availability of mango and other such produce throughout the year has been proposed. The CII would also work for the improvement of productivity through scientific intervention for providing better returns to farmers.

Krishna district is one of the four districts for which the CII has proposed development plans, with the other three districts being Ranga Reddy, Chittoor and Visakhapatnam. The CII has already announced that it would open an office in Vijayawada before the end of the year.