• AEZ is a specific geographic region in a country demarcated for
setting up agriculture based processing industries, mainly for export.
• The term is widely used mainly in India.
• AEZ are to be identified by the State Government.
• Corporate sector with proven credentials would be encouraged to
sponsor new agri export zone.
• APEDA has been nominated as the Nodal Agency to coordinate the
efforts on the part of Central Govt. negotiations.
• Under chapter 16 of Exim Policy 2001, a new concept of Agri
Export Zone (AEZ) has been inserted by Govt. of India on
• Primary objective of boosting agricultural exports from India.
• The Central Government has sanctioned 60 AEZs comprising about
40 agricultural commodities .
• AEZs is spread across 20 states in the country.
• Government has prepared a five- year road map for increasing agri-
exports by over Rs.2000 crores and in the process cleared five more
agri-export zones entailing a total investment of Rs.239.37 crores.
Services which would be managed and co-ordinated by State
Government/corporate sector and would include provision of pre/post
harvest treatment and operations, plant
protection, processing, packaging, storage and related research &
development etc. APEDA will supplement, within its schemes and
provisions, efforts of State Governments for facilitating such exports.
Units in AEZ would be entitled for all the facilities available for
exports of goods in terms of provisions of the respective schemes.
The Agri Export Zones are notified under Appendix 15 of the
Handbook of Procedures (Vol 1) under the Exim Policy.
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Need For AEZ
• Lack of adequate storage
• Lack of suitable processing.
• Lack of promotion of products.
• Lack of marketing,
• To overcome all this barriers
with the help
of APEDA ,AEZ was launched..
• Cluster approach of identifying the potential products and geographical
region in which these products are grown.
• Adopting an end-to-end approach of integrating the entire process, right
from the stage of production till it reaches the consumption stage.
• Integration of the activities of various agencies connected with the
department of the product.
• Strengthening of backward linkages with a market oriented
• Product acceptability and its competitiveness abroad as well as in
the domestic market.
• Value addition to basic agricultural produce.
• Bring down cost of production through economy of scale.
• Better price for agricultural produce.
• Improvement in product quality and packaging.
• Promote trade related research and development.
• Increase employment opportunities
S.No Crops Export Zones
3 Gherkins Karnataka
S.No Crops Export Zones
1 Mango Tamil Nadu
3 Medicinal Plants Tamil Nadu
4 Onion & Banana Maharastra
5 Basmati Rice
7 Pineapple Kerala
10 Mangoes & Chillies
Some AEZ Proposals
in the pipeline
Crops and Export Zones