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Export policies to be boon for Goa: Suresh Prabhu

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Margao: Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday said that fuelled by the new policies, the current exports from India which are pegged at 321 Billion dollars will almost double in next few years.

Prabhu was addressing the gathering after inaugurating New Office and Laboratory Complex of Export Inspection Agency at Margao in South Goa.

State Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai and State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane were also present on the occasion.

“ It is our endeavour and efforts to increase india’s exports which are currently at 321 billion dollars to almost double in next few years time,” he said.

“And one principal area of export potential is also from the coast. Fisheries offers the best opportunities at a time when for the first time n the country we have come out with agricultural export policy,” he added.

The minister said that the policy focuses on five key elements of export like agriculture, horticulture, plantation, fisheries and meat.

“All this are going to be exported and from current 30 billion dollars we want to take it to 100 billion dollars,” he added.

“Just imagine, the fisheries can create lakhs of jobs in the country and even in Goa. We are not going to catc the fish and just export it, that can also happen, but we are focusing on value addition,” Prabhu said.

He said that the value addition in fisheries is going to be boon for the State.

“How can you do value addition in the fish. This is going to be boon for Goa. To do that we have also announced on January 15, Air Cargo policy. That means, once you process it, it can be exported expeditiously,” he added.

The minister said that Goa has opportunity to participate in the booming export market of food and agriculture.

“Therefore, fisheries will offer a great opportunity. To do that, Goa government and we will tie to put up very important clusters,” he said.

“We have approved clusters in Goa to make value added products in the State itself. Therefore there is going to be a great opportunity,” Prabhu said.

He said that the fishing community should join hands and take advantage of this opportunity. “Vegetables, Fruits, Cashews, fish can be exported from Goa, and all of this will create huge opportunity. To do that we have already created marine export development agency, which is working on a strategy to do it.”

Prabhu complimented Goa government for always welcoming new ideas.

“We want to take this advntage and make sure, Goa becomes fully developed state,” he said.

Pointing out to the Greenfield airport at Mopa in North Goa which is expected to be operational in th year 2020, Prabhu said the new airport at Mopa will offer new opportunities. “We are planning to set up Export Hubs so that Goa will also be benefitted in terms of new infrastructure,” he added.

“We are also preparing logistic plan to make sure that Goa also participates in the global value chain. We are working on many opportunities,” the minister said.

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