a) The Punjab government has urged the Union commerce ministry to allow the export of perishable goods to Pakistan and other countries through Wagah Border in air-conditioned containers to increase their shelf life, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Tuesday.
He said the opening up of Wagah Border and according a dry port status to it by allowing export of 6,000 goods could be a game changer for the whole northern part of India.
b) Deputy Chief Minister said the state government has asked the Centre to set up an integrated container depot at ICP Wagah, besides a food storage centre.
He added in the last month when only 137 goods were allowed for export, 5,000 trucks had crossed the border.
c) Sukhbir said he was seeking additional infrastructure at ICP.
d) With the likely approval of export of 6,000 goods to Pakistan next month, there is an urgen need to expand the capacity of the dry port at Wagah, he said at CII here.
e) With 1.5 per cent geographical area, Punjab has been contributing more than 55 per cent to the national food kitty, he said. But the state was paying a heavy price, bleeding itself of its nutrients in the soil besides ground water.
f) Giving a call for diversification in the agriculture sector, he said farmers will have to come out of the vicious cycle of growing wheat and paddy crops by rotation and focus on less water-consuming cash crops.
g) Deputy CM said government was seeking investments from the enterprenuers, especially in the area of diversification of agriculture sector, food processing and conservation of water.
h) Stressing the need for water conserving crops, Sukhbir said the state government has already allowed a multinational company to set up Maize Research Centre at PAU to educate farmers about shifting to high yield maize crops.
The 10th edition of Agro Tech– India’s Premier Biennial Agro Technology & Business Fair was held from 01st – 4th December 2012 at the Chandigarh.
Agro Tech 2012, with its new features and innovations aimed at promoting agri business at all levels. India’s agricultural sector is in grave need of a development path involving greater productivity growth across the entire agribusiness value chain, thereby providing a solid foundation for rapid, inclusive economic growth and reduction in poverty. Introduction to new technologies is required to realize the business potential and employment opportunities in agri sector to boost income from agri sector together with growth and development of the sector.
Keeping this is mind; Confederation of Indian Industry organized four International Conferences as a part of Agro Tech 2012.
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