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Saudi Arabia lifts export ban on fruits and vegetable from Kerala

Kerala's fruits and vegetable exporters have heaved a sigh of relief following the lifting of the export ban by Saudi Arabia after the Nipah virus attack last year. 

Saudi lifts export ban on fruits and veg; direct exports commence 

P.E. Ashraf Ali of Pomona Exports, Kozhikode, said that they have received a communication in this regard from the Saudi Arabian authorities during the second week of May that has led to the commencement of direct exports from the three airports in the State.  

Saudi Arabia is one of the major export markets of fruits and vegetables from Kerala and the presence of large floating population ensures a good volume of business from there. 

Kozhikode airport handling 20 tonnes of fruits and vegetables per day 

With the lifting of the embargo, he said Kozhikode airport was alone handling 20 tonnes of fruits and vegetables per day valued at $50,000 to various destinations in Saudi. A similar proportion has also been moving from the other two airports of Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram to Dammam, Riyadh and Jeddah airports. 

Currently, mangoes such as Alphonso, Banganapalle are the major items in the export basket, followed by banana and pineapple. 

Kerala ships around 150 tonnes of fruits and veg daily to gulf countries 

Kerala ships around 150 tonnes of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis to various gulf countries and of this, the consignment to Saudi alone was 30-40 tonnes. 

 With the easing of restrictions, exporters are now looking at increasing the quantity of exports to 200 tonnes this year. “We are receiving more export enquiries from European countries, Japan, New Zealand, Korea etc especially for the shipments of fruits”, Ali said.

 

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