Export of vegetables from CIAL declines

A Correspondent

Supply of vegetables hit as farmers sell produce in the local market

Agencies sourcing vegetables from

neighbouring States

CIAL to conduct seminar in March

on marine product exports

Nedumbassery: The rising price of vegetables in the State is taking its toll on the export of perishable cargo with the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) registering a decline of nearly 20 per cent in vegetable export consignments.

“With the price rise, there has been a plunge in perishable exports up to10-15 tonnes a day as against the daily volume of around 60 tonnes through the airport earlier”, said a CIAL official. According to him, export agencies are struggling to meet their export obligations at this level of prices. But they still continued to do their business, though at reduced volumes to honour the long-term supply contract they are engaged in, he said.

An export agent near the airport said that there was a shortage in the supply of vegetables for export as farmers have been able to get a better price in the local market than in the international markets. Most of the exporters have signed their supply contracts on a long-term basis and a fluctuation in the price line will have an effect on their incomes as well.

However, the movement of cargo from various industrial manufacturing units through CIAL during this period has shown an improvement. Meanwhile, a team from CIAL has successfully completed its visit to “the perishable cargo catchment areas” in the neighbouring States of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in a bid to source vegetables. “Consignments from these areas have already started arriving here but goods on a large scale are expected in the next stage”, said an official.

According to the officials, the airport company was all set to expand its international cargo operations. The company is already in consultation with the Emirates Airlines and Deccan 360 on transporting consignments for international destinations. At present, there are only two freighters – one by Saudi Airlines in the international sector and the other by Deccan 360 in the domestic sector, operating services to the Cochin airport.

It is also planning to conduct a seminar on the development of marine products exports in March as part of its efforts to develop Kochi as a hub of perishable cargo export in South India.

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