GACA de­mands in­creased us­age of cargo fa­cil­i­ties

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Ac­cord­ing to Goa Air Cargo As­so­ci­a­tion (GACA), ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture for cargo trans­porta­tion at the air­port is not used enough by lo­cal in­dus­try. And in­dus­try needs to step up. Se­nior mem­bers of GACA said that max­imi­sa­tion of Daboim as gate­way to air cargo is nec­es­sary for the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of Mopa as a cargo ter­mi­nal. It will min­imise tran­sit pe­riod, lower cost of trans­porta­tion and re­sult in im­proved in­ven­tory for in­dus­try. The Air­port Author­ity of In­dia (AAI) is cur­rently ex­pand­ing the in­ter­na­tional cargo com­plex at Dabolim by set­ting up of plugin fa­cil­ity. To en­cour­age in­dus­try to in­crease us­age of cargo fa­cil­i­ties at Dabolim the GACA is plan­ning on var­i­ous trade pro­mo­tion mea­sures such as in­cen­tives, etc. The de­mand for bet­ter util­i­sa­tion of cargo fa­cil­i­ties at Dabolim was made at the Goa Air Cargo Meet 2016 held re­cently at Ravin­dra Bha­van, Vasco.

In the wake of re­cent trend in growth of vol­umes of per­ish­ables ex­ports from Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port (RGIA), Hy­der­abad GMR Hy­der­abad In­ter­na­tional Air­port (GHIAL) or­gan­ised a one day work­shop on the ‘Roadmap for de­vel­op­ment of Per­ish­ables Ecosys­tem at RGIA’ at the Novo­tel Ho­tel, Hy­der­abad. Af­ter the nu­mer­ous dis­cus­sions with APEDA, MPEDA of­fi­cials, ex­porters, im­porters, freight for­warders and air­lines op­er­at­ing out of RGIA, it emerged that there was an im­me­di­ate need of a ded­i­cated per­ish­ables han­dling in­fra­struc­ture to pro­jected growth. cater to the

Sabyasachi Ghosh, IAS, Sec­re­tary In­dus­tries Te­lan­gana Govern­ment & Chair­man Te­lan­gana State Food Pro­cess­ing So­ci­ety and Dr WR Reddy, IAS, Director Gen­eral Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment & Pan­chay­ati Raj were the guests of hon­our. SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL, high­lighted the im­por­tance of per­ish­able cargo and role of Hy­der­abad Air­port in meet­ing the bur­geon­ing de­mand.

The work­shop also fo­cused on cur­rent in­fra­struc­ture gaps in and around the air­port and what needs to be done to plug the gap, skills set re­quired in the per­ish­ables in­dus­try and what train­ing needs to be pro­vided. “GHIAL has been in the fore­front of tak­ing path-break­ing ini­tia­tives with ac­tive feed­back from the cargo trade to in­tro­duce new prod­ucts that have been well ap­pre­ci­ated by the cargo com­mu­nity,” said Kishore, in adding, “GHIAL in­tro­duced a ded­i­cated Pharma han­dling fa­cil­ity – Pharma Zone – in 2010 that has be­come now the bench­mark.”

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