Punjab and Haryana are exporting fresh farm produce like baby corn, mango and other seasonal fruit and vegetables to Europe.
Azad Singh, in-charge of the center at the airport, said the center exported 400 tons of fresh farm cargo during the fiscal 2021-2022. “There is a great potential for agricultural and non-vegetarian items. Apart from fresh farm produce, the center exports chess, pharma products, readymade garments, shawls, sports goods, engineering goods, etc,” he said.
Currently, Air India’s thrice-a-week flight to London offers about 12-ton capacity of cargo in each plane. The staff at the center fresh farm produce state that a flight on an average carries three tons of cargo. There was a time when over one lakh kg of fresh vegetables were exported in 2006-07, the next year saw the volume go up to 278 tons. In 2008-2009, it reached 623 tons and the following year saw an export of 908 tons.