Mango and other fruits trade in Andhra Pradesh will witness a major change soon following the construction of an agri hub at Nuzvidu in Krishna district. Foundation stone for the project was laid on Saturday and the agri hub will facilitate export of mangoes and other fruits. The Rs 27-crore project’s first phase is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year.
In the first phase, integrated pack houses with vapour heat treatment, ripening chambers, pre-cooling units and cold storage units would be set up at a cost of Rs 11 crore.
Of the amount, Rs 8.7 crore would be given by the Agricultural Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) as grant, Rs 1.3 crore by the state government and the rest would be mobilised by AP Agros. Mechanical vegetable handling units would also be set up in the hub.
The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) would provide three acres of land for the first phase. A special purpose vehicle would be floated for the second phase and the APIIC would give 12 more acres of land for the purpose.