New Mangalore Port chief highlights Agri export potential of Karnataka

Karnataka has good potential for the export of agri products, according to A.V. Ramana, Chairman of the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT).

Speaking at the ‘Agri Export Meet 2019’ organised by NMPT in Mangaluru on Thursday evening, he said agri exporters from Karnataka could find better markets for their products in some Baltic countries if they made use of New Mangalore Port.

Stating that Karnataka has 30 districts and 320 km of coastline, he said agri products from Karnataka contributed around 12 per cent to the state’s GDP.

Highlighting the district-specific potential for some agri products, he said agri exporters and farmers from the state have the potential to improve agricultural production. The contribution of agri products to the state’s GDP could be increased to 21 per cent in another three years, he said.

Referring to NMPT’s connectivity with some of the major centres in the hinterland, he said road and rail connectivity with the hinterland is comparatively good during the export season for agri products.

He said the export of some of agri products from Karnataka was on the rise, and exporters should make best use of the infrastructure available at the ports to export their products.