Country's first co-operative export centre to be opened in Kochi

By Biju Paravath

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Thiruvananthapuram: The cooperation department is planning to start the country’s first co-operative export centre in Kochi. The move is to ensure foreign market for Kerala’s unique products.

The export centre would be under the direct control of the cooperation department. The centre would be announced in the state budget.

The co-operative societies are facing difficulties to export products through private agencies and to carry out transactions with foreign agencies.

The Co-op marts would be opened in every panchayat. The department is also planning to export the co-operative products to other states. Co-operative society registrar Alex Varghese held discussions with agencies regarding exporting these products to 16 states.

Currently, only two co-operative societies are exporting products to foreign countries, Kozhikode-based North Malabar District Co-operative Supply and Marketing Society (NMDC) and Ernakulam Varappetty Service Co-operative Bank.

The Varapetty bank exports processed banana, pineapple and jackfruit to countries like the US, Australia and New Zealand. NMDC is exporting coconut oil and products from Wayanad.

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