Varanasi Sends 4 Tons Of Vegetables To UK Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Salena Harshini |Apr 23, 2020

This unprecedented dispatch from India to the capital of the UK is hoped to open more opportunities for Indian exports to European countries.

In the midst of coronavirus lockdown, some good news has sparked and it involves about Varanasi region’s agricultural sector. For the first time ever, a shipment of 4 tonnes of vegetables consisting of cucumber, lauki (bottle gourd) and chili has been made from Delhi to the UK which is under the harshest effect of COVID-19 pandemic.

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Varanasi has made an export of 4 tons of vegetables to London, UK

Previously, vegetable exports from the region of Varanasi was only made to Gulf countries. In a conversation with TOI, Deepak Agrawal, divisional commissioner, shared,

“On Tuesday evening, a truck left with four tonnes of farm fresh green chilli, gourd and cucumber in air-conditioned containers for Delhi. The vegetables grown by a progressive farmer, Anil Kumar Rai, in his fields in Ghazipur, will reach London by air cargo on Thursday from Delhi.”

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A vegetable market in India

He also added that this is a welcome burgeoning for Varanasi as the consignment to the capital of Britain will increase the opportunities in the European market. The last dispatch by the APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority), in the endeavor to advance exports from India’s rich agricultural areas, was on 20nd December 2019 from Varanasi to Dubai. That was the first trial dispatch of green vegetables to Dubai via the sea route.

Seeing the production potential of vegetables and fruits in the district which consists of Jaunpur, Ghazipur, Chandauli of Varanasi division along with neighboring Bhadohi and Mirzapur, APEDA has started the procedure toward setting up agri-trade center points in the locale.

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More agri-export hubs in the region are being set up following the consignment

As of now, the United Kingdom is still among the countries that bear the most effects of the fatal coronavirus. The nation has nearly 134,000 confirmed cases with more than 18,000 lives taken. Meanwhile, India has had nearly 21,800 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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