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India's 1st international flower market coming up in Kolkata

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Kolkata, July 6 (UNI) The West Bengal government, in association with the Centre, will soon set up India's first fully air-conditioned international flower market here to tap the unexplored export market of Indian flowers and horticultural products globally.

This was announced in the state assembly here today by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee while replying to a query of RSP legislator Tapan Hore.

He said in the wake of huge demand for various types of flowers from the state as well as from the whole of eastern region in the global market, the Centre had agreed to provide a grant of Rs ten crores to the state for establishing a modern and fully airconditioned flower market on the Hooghly river bank in the city.

Incidentally, the new market, the first such in the country, would replace the present flower market near the same area which was in shambles.

He said to boost export of horticultural products, including mango, litchi,pineapples and oranges, the state had decided to set up six food parks, each having state-of-the-art preserving and packaging facilities.

''We have already set up one such centre in Malda for export of fresh mango and in the best possible packaging and it was doing very well,'' the chief minister said and assured the members that similar facilities would be incorporated in all other food parks in order to boost their export potential,'' Mr Bhattacherjee announced.

On other plans, he said two cold storages were coming up near the cargo terminmals of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in the city and in Bagdogra airport near Darjeeling to add to about 421 cold storages across the state.

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