Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru has emerged as the No.1 Airport in the Country for perishable shipments. According to Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), BLR Airport has processed 48,130 Metric Tonnes of perishables in the Financial Year 2020-21, accounting for 31% of India’s total perishable shipments.
In the process, BLR Airport has emerged as the leading Airport for exports of poultry products and flowers during the same period. It processed 28,182 Metric Tonnes (MT) of poultry products and 1,296 MT of flowers.
The perishables, which also included vegetables and fruits, was carried by 24 airlines to 46 international destinations. Doha was the top destination, followed by Singapore, London and Muscat.
The round-the-clock support from Indian Customs, Plant Quarantine office Bangalore, APEDA and Karnataka State Agricultural Produce Processing and Export Corporation Limited (KAPPEC), Government of Karnataka, has facilitated in creating a robust business environment, helping BLR Airport achieve this milestone.
“Perishable cargo has been one of the major growth drivers for BLR Airport. Our cargo infrastructure, powered with technology, provides rapid distribution of perishable cargo, making BLR Airport the preferred cargo airport in South India. Our aim is to create an environment that enables our cargo partners to introduce new initiatives and facilities that cater to constantly evolving demand,” said Satyaki Raghunath, Chief Strategy and Development Officer, BIAL.
“In line with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision to double the farmers’ income as well as increasing exports, APEDA has initiated several measures to improve agriculture exports from the Country. We are collaborating with airports, exporters and stakeholders to upgrade the cold-chain infrastructure which will further improve the quality of produce. We are delighted to see that BLR Airport is becoming a preferred cargo airport for agricultural exporters not only from within Karnataka but also from across South India,” said Dr. M. Angamuthu, Chairman, APEDA.
During the pandemic, BLR Airport facilitated discussions between the trade and statutory bodies from both Government of India (GOI) and Government of Karnataka in a common forum to discuss the policies and benefits of schemes like Krishi Udaan from GOI for the perishable sector. This resulted in creation of new markets for farmers, which was essential to ensure that the farm produce could reach consumers in far-flung areas in a timely manner.