Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to set up export promotion councils in Bhubaneswar to boost export potential of products like handicraft, handloom, cashew and sea foods.
Different export promotion councils on various products like handicraft, handloom, cashew, engineering goods, agricultural and food products, etc. would be set up in Bhubaneswar, said an official on Friday.
The state government has set a target to scale up the export performance to the tune of Rs.21559 crore during the year 2016-17.
It was decided in a meeting on implementation of the Odisha Export Promotion Policy. Chief Secretary AP Padhi presided over the 1st state-level empowered committee to guide and monitor the implementation of the policy.
Several departments including Textile, Handloom and Handicrafts, Industries, Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Resource Development, Steel and Mines, Health and Family Welfare, Electronics and IT were advised set up export promotion cells in their respective departments, said a release.
The committee also discussed the issues relating to setting up of Raptani Bhawan, showcasing exportable products of the state in prominent cities of India and abroad, implementation of a new state assistance scheme for creation of export infrastructure and supply of raw material to exporters through OSIC.
The committee also reviewed the progress of the export related projects like common processing center for the marine product at Balaramgadi, the establishment of testing laboratory facilities by MPEDA and Export Inspection Council and seafood development park at Deras.
Chief Secretary set timelines for completion of each phase of these projects.
Available data shows, about Rs 10814 crore of metallurgical products were exported from Odisha in 2015-16 while electronics and software products of worth Rs.2700 crore were exported.
Marine products of worth Rs.1967 crore and engineering chemical and allied products of worth Rs1295 crore exported in the same year. During this year, products of worth Rs.17,346 crore were exported from the state.