Odisha to export vegetables to Malaysia

Bhubaneswar: With the commission of direct international flight to Malaysia from the city airport, Odisha government is all set to export vegetables to Malaysia from September this year.

Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) vice chancellor Surendranath Pashupalak informed that this project has been taken up by the varsity.

The state government has already discussed with union government’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) and Agricultural Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha Ltd (APICOL), said the OUAT VC.

Vegetables like lady’s finger, brinjal and drumsticks will be exported in the first phase while green chilies, bottle gourd, and bitter gourd will be consigned in the second phase to Malaysia, Pashupalak said.

The government has provided a financial support of Rs 3 crore to OUAT for executing the project.

“Currently, the state government is earning revenue of Rs 2 crore per year from the export of vegetables. With this boost to the export of agricultural products of Odisha, the government expects to generate Rs 20 crore per year by exporting vegetables to Malaysia,” said Pashupalak.