File photo of Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati

Amid the lockdown, good news for farmers of Assam as a huge consignment of pumpkins, grown in the state, was exported to multiple countries from Guwahati via a cargo flight on May 28.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flagged off the cargo flight at the Cargo Terminal of LGBI Airport in Guwahati.

Sonowal said that the produce had been exported to markets of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London, Hong Kong and Singapore among others, from the Cargo Terminal of LGBI Airport and the cargo flight service had facilitated the objective of capturing world market by the agricultural products of farmers from the state.

Informing that the state government had completed construction of Cargo Terminal building in the LGBI Airport with the help of the central government, he said the cargo warehouse would be able to store 50 MT agriculture products which would play a pivotal role in exporting farm products from the state.

Sonowal also informed that steps were being taken to export state’s agricultural products by steamers from Pandu port in the city to Bay of Bengal through the Brahmaputra at the initiative of Industries department.

He expressed optimism that all these measures would help in achieving the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 while providing access to a wider market to the farmers from the state.

Till now, 182 MT of vegetables and fruits grown by farmers from the state have been exported to different countries from the LGBI Airport, he added.

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