Notably, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has demanded from the central government the provision of air-conditioned food containers at the ICP check post at the Attari land border. This was announced during the Agrotech festival held recently in Chandigarh.
“We export onions, tomatoes, green chillies, fruits and other perishable goods to Pakistan. Our goods get spoilt when it takes hours for the trucks to get clearance. The food containers will prevent our products from getting spoilt, and will thus help in boosting our trade, as we will then be able to send out a large quantity of food products,” says Ramneek Singh, a local exporter of fruits and vegetables.
“It would be a very good step in favour of the traders. It will solve one of the major problems being faced by us. The central government should approve this demand as soon as possible, to help the traders increase exports to other countries,” says Akashdeep Singh, another Amritsar-based exporter.
“It will provide traders an opportunity to start exporting other perishable products too. We will be able to display a large variety of our products in the international market,” says Akashdeep.