Fruit, Vegetable Exports Nosedive Amid Aviation Crisis
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Fruit, Vegetable Exports Nosedive Amid Aviation Crisis
Shipments to halt next week due to ban on flights
Vishwanath Kulkarni/ Rahul Wadke / V Sajeev Kumar

The disruption in the aviation sector following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus has dealt a major blow to exports of perishables from India, mainly fresh fruits, vegetables and floriculture products. Exporters see a further adverse impact on shipments in the days ahead with the ban on all incoming flights into the country from March 22.

Sources at the Commerce Ministry said shipments are down by about a fourth in volume in recent months mainly due to cancellations of flight services to various destinations.

“Orders are there, but the exporters are unable to ship because very few flights are operating. Also there in no adequate cargo space available on passenger flights and whereever space is available, the charges have been hiked,” a source said, adding that a further impact would be felt from March 22.

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March 21, 2020