Livestock to be exported from airport on 30th

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Jun 2018 11:38:04



Business Bureau

FOR the first time, sheep and goats will be exported from Nagpur airport to Sharjah airport, UAE. It is expected that 80,000 to 1 lakh sheep and goats will be exported within a period of three months. The first export consignment of 2,000 sheep and goats will be launched from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur on June 30 at 1 pm. This was announced by Padmashree Dr Vikas Mahatme, MP (Rajya Sabha) and well-known eye specialist, while speaking at a press conference on Thursday.

The export consignment will be launched in the presence of Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Industry and Commerce, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of Industry and Commerce, Hansraj Ahir, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mahadev Jankar, State Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Development, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur, Nanda Jichkar, Mayor of NMC, Krupal Tumane, MLA Ramtek, Nisha Sawarkar, Chief of Zilla Parishad, Nagpur and others.

Dr Mahatme said: “The export project was envisioned by two great leaders of Nagpur -- Fadnavis and Gadkari -- to increase the income of farmers and open up a new avenue of self-employment.” Export of sheep and goats would increase demand and also attract shepherds and farmers to take up animal rearing in a big way along with farming to supplement their incomes. “Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India always dreams of doubling farmers’ income. This project matches his goal for the country. Vidarbha region of Maharashtra is sadly known for the highest number of farmer suicides due to the prevailing economic crisis. The leadership of the region is always striving hard to find out new avenues to elevate the economic status of farmers and poor people of the region. In this manner, even if there is a drought or need for money, farmers will be able to sell sheep and goats and get any time money (ATM),” he added. Three exporters have been identified to carry out the export consignment -- Amigo, Aman and Polestar. Prashant Waghmare, AGM of Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was also present.