Cold-Storage comes up at LBSI-Airport Varanasi
Varanasi: The long pending wish of Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs) and veggie exporters was fulfilled on Wednesday with the inauguration of the cold storage at Lal Bahadur Shastri International (LBSI) cargo terminal by the regional executive director, Northern region AAI, DK Kamra.
Varanasi and neighboring districts have good production of vegetables which can make Varanasi to be a hub for export of fresh and processed vegetables. Vegetable/perishable produces could not be continued in full stream due to lack of required cold chain infrastructure. There was regular demand by exporter/agriculture producers regarding availability of cold room to accommodate the agri produces in case of requirement. The airport director took the initiative with a high level of effort to create the long pending facility in the cargo terminal which was not yet available.
The airport director Flt. Lt. Akash Deep said that with the addition of this facility Cargo Terminal, Varanasi can play a major role in the development of this area. “We expect that maximum agencies/ exporters use this facility for overall success,” he said adding that with the introduction of this facility long pending demand of cold storage at the airport has been met. In various forums exporter and agriculture producers had raised the demand for cold storage so that export of Veg/other perishable items from Varanasi can be started. This is bound to give a boost in business for exports, farmers, airlines in the part of the state. The cold storage has capacity of 5 MT with scope for capacity enhancement as and when the demand grows. The facility is operated between 2°C to 8°C and has a storage area of 25sqm. Due to the pandemic situation, work was delayed but with concerted effort, the facility has been created within three months, he added.