LUCKNOW: The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), an apex organization under the Union ministry of commerce and industry, will dispatch the first-ever shipment of bananas from Uttar Pradesh to Iran by sea route through Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Navi Mumbai on Thursday.
Officials of APEDA’s UP regional office said the shipment will be sent by registered exporter M/s Desai Agro Foods at 12 noon from Mango Pack House at Malihabad in Lucknow district.
‘It will be the first time that the international market will taste the bananas from UP. The fruit will be procured directly from farmers of Palia Kalan, Lakhimpur, and will be brought to the packhouse. Two containers of 40 feet will be sent to the Iranian market on trial basis,’ said an APEDA official.