Last Thursday, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation stone of the Centre for Perishable Cargo at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport here for transporting perishable agricultural produce of the state to different domestic and international locations.
Constructed at a project cost of ₹ 198,4 mln (€2.5 mln), the cargo centre, with a 1,705 m2 area, will be equipped with cargo handling facilities for inbound and outbound cargo, cold storage along with other amenities to export agricultural perishable goods, an official statement issued here said.
The state government will contribute ₹ 5 mln (€62,600) for the cargo centre while rest of the project cost will be borne by the central government.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that the state's farmers have been deprived from getting right prices for their products owing to dearth of mechanism to sell their goods at different places of the country and abroad. The chief minister said that all agricultural products produced by state's farmers have been covered by the cargo system for selling at national and international markets.
'The process has been started to sell fruit and vegetables of Assam at the markets of London, Singapore, etc and efforts are on to expand to the markets of Europe, America and South East Asia," he added.
The minister further told theshillongtimes.com how the central government's UDAN scheme has facilitated both domestic and international cargo flights while the Act East Policy has given new impetus to commercial ties between India and South East Asian countries.