BHUBANESWAR: The state government has asked several departments having potential for export to set up promotion cells.
The issue was discussed at the first empowered committee meeting constituted for guiding and monitoring implementation of the Odisha export promotion policy.
It was decided that export promotion councils on various products like handicraft, handloom, cashew, engineering goods, agricultural and food products would be set up here. Textile, Handloom and Handicraft, Industries, Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Resource Development, Steel and Mines, Health and Family Welfare, Electronics and IT departments were asked to set up export promotion cells.
The committee also discussed issues relating to setting up of Raptani Bhawan, showcasing exportable products of the State in prominent cities of India and abroad, implementation of a new state assistance scheme for creation of export infrastructure and supply of raw material to exporters through Odisha Small Industries Corporation (OSIC).
Progress of the export related projects like common processing center for marine product at Balaramgadi, establishment of testing laboratory facilities by MPEDA and Export Inspection Council, development seafood park at Deras, Reefer Container facility at Paradeep port, waiver of entry tax on silk products, direct air connectivity to different export destinations and adoption of organic farming were discussed at the meeting presided over by chief secretary AP Padhi.