Rs 2,000-crore agro logistics

Agro-zones, for better price addition

The proposed logistic service will focus on procurement of produce and setting up cold storages, said Economic Advisor to chief minister K V Raju at a workshop on potentials in agro-marketing and warehousig in the State here on Wednesday.

He said the experts would monitor, process, store and transport the perishable commodity and ensure it reaches the market at the earliest.

Agro-zones

Besides, to ensure better price and value addition to the produce, the State government will set up agro zones on the lines of industrial corridors. The process of identifying five potential cultivation areas for the agro zones is on, he said. These agro zones will be provided necessary infrastructure.

“The products will be procured from farmers and will be segregated. Attempts will be made to get better prices  by storing products for long duration or by exporting them,” Raju said.

On the shortage of skilled farm labourers, Raju said most of the agriculture graduates were not taking up agri-related jobs. “The government plans to start short-term courses for farmers,” he said. 

He attributed declining popularity of the sector to decreasing landholdings, lack of attractive renumeration as well as luring job offers in urban areas.

Agri investors’ meet

The State government’s ambitious three-day agri investors’ meet to attract investments in agro sector will begin from November 10.

Raju said agri-based industries from over 30 countries will take part in the meet. He said the focus would be more on food processing sector which requires an investment of at least Rs 52,000 crore.

Stating that the investment can change the scenario in the sector, he said this can reduce the post-harvest loss significantly.

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