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With the primary objective of boosting agricultural exports from India, in March 2001, Government of India announced a policy of setting up of Agri Export Zones (AEZs) across the country. The Central Government has sanctioned 60 AEZs comprising about 40 agricultural commodities .AEZs is spread across 20 states in the country.

Objectives :
The objective of setting up AEZs is to converge the efforts made, hitherto, by various central and state government departments for increasing exports of agricultural commodities from India. The AEZ takes a comprehensive view of a particular produce/ product located in a geographically contiguous area for the purpose of developing and sourcing raw materials, their processing/packaging, and leading to final exports.
The major components of this comprehensive concept are :
  • Cluster approach of identifying the potential products and geographical region in which these products are grown.
  • Adopting an end-to-end approach of integrating the entire process, right from the stage of production till it reaches the consumption stage.
  • Integration of the activities of various agencies connected with the department of the product.
The emphasis in all the Agri Export Zones is on convergence. Thus, the objective is to utilize the ongoing schemes of various Central and State Government Agencies in a co-ordinate manner to cover the entire value chain from farm to the consumer. In all the projects, necessary commitments have been given by the State Governments and the Central Government Agencies have also agreed to the project in principle. Detailed scheduling of each action point has been worked out.
The concept of Agri Export Zone attempts to take a comprehensive look at a particular produce/products located in a contiguous area for the purpose of developing and sourcing the raw materials, their processing/packaging, leading to final exports. Thus, the entire effort is centered around a cluster approach of identifying the potential products, the geographical region in which these are grown and adopting an end to end approach of integrating the entire process, right from the stage of production till it reaches the market.
The anticipated benefit to accrue as a consequence of setting up of such zones are as follows :
  1. Strengthening of backward linkages with a market oriented approach
  2. Product acceptability and its competitiveness abroad as well as in the domestic market
  3. Value addition to basic agricultural produce
  4. Bring down cost of production through economy of scale
  5. Better price for agricultural produce
  6. Improvement in product quality and packaging
  7. Promote trade-related research and development
  8. Increase employment opportunities.
The state-wise detail of 60 AEZs Sanctioned are outlined below:

STATES
FOCUS PRODUCTS
GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS
Andhra
Pradesh
Mango Pulp & Fresh Vegetables
Chittor
Mango & Grape
Ranga Reddy, Medak and Mahaboobnagar
Mango
Krishna District
Gherkins
Mahboobnagar, Rangareddy, Medak, Karinagar, Warangal, Ananthpur and Nalgonda
Chilli
Guntur
Assam
Fresh and Processed Ginger
Kamrup, Nalbari, Barpeta, Darrang, Nagaon, Morigaon, Karbi Anglong and North Cachar
Bihar
Lychee, Vegetables and Honey
Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Hajipur, Vaishali, East and WestChamparan, Bhagalpur, Begulsarai, Khagaria, Sitamarhi, Saran and Gopalganj
Gujarat
Mango & Vegetables
Ahmedabad, Khaida, Anand, Vadodra, Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Bharuch and Narmada
Dehydrated Onion and Garlic
Bhavnagar, Surendranagar, Amreli, Rajkot, Junagadh and Jamnagar.
Sesame Seeds
Amerali, Bhavnagar, Surendranagar, Rajkot and Jamnagar
Himachal
Pradesh
Apple

Kinnaur, Shimla, Sirmor, Kulu, Mandi and Chamba
Jammu &
Kashmir
Apple
Srinagar, baramula, Anantnag, Kupwara, Badguam and Pulwana
Walnut
Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Budgam, Kupwara and Srinagar, Doda, Poonch, Udhampur, Rajouri and Kathua
Jharkhand
Vegetable
Ranchi, Hazaribagh and Lohardaga
Karnataka
Gherkin
Tumkur, Bangalore (Urban), Bangalore (Rural) Hassan, Kolar, Chitradurga, Dhrawad and Bagalkot
Rose Onion
Bangalore (Urban) , Bangalore (Rural) , Kolar
Flowers
Bangalore (Urban),Bangalore (Rural) , Kolar, Tumkur, Kodagu and Belgaum
Vanilla
Dakshin Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Shimoga, Kodagu, and Chickamagalur
Kerala
Horticultural Products
Thrissur, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Pathanumthitta, Kollam, Thiruvananthpuram, Idukki and Pallakod
Medicinal Plants
Wayanad, Mallapuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kollam, Pathanamittha and Thiruvananthapuram
Madhya Pradesh
Potatoes, Onion and Garlic
Malwa, Ujjain, Indore, Dewas, Dhar, Shajapur, Ratlam, Nimach and Mandsaur
Seed spices
Guna, Mandsaur, Ujjain, Rajgarh, Ratlam, Shajapur andNeemuch
Wheat
UjjainNeemuch, Ratlam, Mandsaur, Indore, Dhar, Shajapur, Dewas, Bhopal, Shehore, Vidisha, raisen, Hoshangabad, Harda and Narsinghpur
Orange
Chhindwara, Hoshangabad and Betu
Lentils & Grams
Shivpuri, Guna, Vidisha, Raisen, Narsinghpura and Chhindwara
Maharashtra
Grapes and Grapewine
Nasik, Sangli, Pune, Satara, Ahmednagar and Sholapur
Alphonso Mango
Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Raigarh and Thane
Kesar Mango
Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed, Latur, Ahmednagar and Nasik
Flowers
Pune, Nasik, Kolhapur and Sangli
Onions
Nasik, Ahmednagar, Pune, Satara and Solapur
Pomegranate
Solapur, Sangli, Ahedabagar, Pune, Nasik, Osmanabad, Latur
Banana
Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar, Buldhana, Parbhani, Hindoli, Nanded and Wardha
Oranges
Nagpur and Amraoti
Orissa
Ginger and Turmeric
Kandhamal
Punjab
Vegetables
Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Sangrur, Ropar and Ludhiana
Potatoes
Singhpura, Zirakpur (Patiala) , Rampura Phul, Muktsar, Ludhiana, Jallandhar
Basmati Rice
Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr
Rajasthan
Coriander
Kota, Bundi, Baran, Jhalawar and Chittoor
Cumin
Nagaur, Barmer, Jalore, Pali and Jodhpur
Sikkim
Flowers (Orchids) & Cherry
Pepper
East Sikkim
Ginger
North, East, South & West Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Cashewnuts
Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Sivaganga
Flowers
Dharampuri
Flowers
Nilgiri
Mangoes
Madhurai, Theni, Dindigul, Virudhunagar and Tirunelveli
Tripura
Organic Pineapple
Kumarghat, Manu, Melaghar, Matabari and Kakraban Blocks
UttarPradesh
Potatoes
Agra, Hathras, Farrukhabad, Kannoj, Merrut, aligarh and Bagpat
Mangoes and Vegetables
Lucknow, Unnao, Hardoi, Sitapur and Barabanki
Mangoes
Saharanpur, Muzzafarnagar, Bijnaur, Merrut, Bhagpat and Bulandshahar
Basmati Rice
Bareilly, Shahajahanpur, Pilibhit, Rampur, Badaun, bijnor, Moradabad, J B Phulenagar, Saharanpur, ujjafarnagar, Merrut, Bulandsahar, Ghaziabad
Uttranchal
Lychee
Udhamsingh Nagar, Nainital and Dehradun
Flowers
Dehradun and Pantnagar
Basmati rice
Udham Singh Nagar, Nainital, Dehradun and Haridwar
Medicinal & Aromatic
Plants
Uttarkashi, Chamoli.Pithoragarh, Dehradun and Nainital
West Bengal
West Bengal
Darjeeling, Uttar Dinajpur, Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri
Lychee
Murshidabad, Malda, 24 Pargana s(N) and 24 Parganas (S)
Potatoes
Hoogly, Burdwan, Midnapore (W), Uday Narayanpur and Howrah
Mangoes
Malda and Murshidabad
Vegetable
Nadia, Murshidabad and North 24 Parganas
Darjeeling Tea
Darjeeling
 
 
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