New Delhi airport emerges as a focal point for agricultural perishables amidst lockdown

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The Delhi International Airport Ltd-run IGIA has proved to be a major hub for agricultural perishables,after enabling movement of cargo consisting of essential supplies.

DIAL stated that it has facilitated the export of the season’s first consignment of mangoes from Lucknow to Dubai, as informed over a statement.

“The consignment of 3 metric tonnes of mangoes, brought from orchards in Lucknow, was sent to Dubai by Air India Express flight today (June 4),” DIAL said in the statement.

“Delhi Airport is now fast emerging as a preferred airport for the export of fresh vegetables and fruits facilitating the government’s ambitious ‘Krishi Udan’ initiative.”

This initiative focuses on  aiding farmers in transporting agricultural products to domestic and international markets.

“It is part of the Government’s 16-point programme to boost agriculture and double the income of farmers,” the statement said.

Delhi Airport harbours India’s one of the largest on-Airport temperature-controlled facility of over 1.5 lakh MT capacity to process the perishable products in the temperature range of -200 to 250 degrees Celsius.

Apart from having state-of-the-art infrastructure, the airport also has the largest connectivity to around 150 destinations across the globe, which complements and makes the facility as a most favoured one for the ‘Krishi Udan’ initiative.

The airport has handled around 20-22 cargo flights per day (including non-scheduled operations), with freighters operating between various destinations like Doha, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Incheon, etc.

In addition to this, the Centre has designated the Delhi Airport as a crucial hub for import and distribution of COVID-19 related medical essentials.

On April 2020, Delhi Airport also handled the first consignment of 3 metric tonnes (MT) of fresh vegetables, which was exported to London from Varanasi. Last week, the airport handled a consignment of fresh mangoes, which was exported to Dubai from Varanasi via Lucknow, the statement read.

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