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Agri Export Zones 

The concept of Agri Export Zone (AEZ) was introduced in 2001, through EXIM Policy 1997-2001, to take a comprehensive look at a particular produce/product located in a contiguous area for the purpose of developing and sourcing the raw materials, their processing/packaging, leading to final exports. The concept hinged primarily on convergence of existing Central and State Government schemes to take care of financial interventions required at various stages of value chain; partnership among various stakeholders viz. Central Government, State Government, farmer, processor, exporter etc.; and focus on targeted products and areas to identify required policy interventions. All these activities did take place in certain respects in the notified Agri Export Zones. In December 2004, an internal peer review conducted by Department of Commerce concluded that the notified AEZs had not been able to achieve the intended objectives. It was decided that there will be no creation of new AEZs, unless there were strong and compelling reasons. No new AEZs have been set up after 2004. All the notified AEZs have completed their intended span of 5 years and have been discontinued.

In all 60 Agri Export Zones (AEZ) were notified by the Government till 2004 – 05.  State-wise details are given below:



State S. No. AEZ Project Districts


Assam (1)


01 Fresh & Processed Ginger Kamrup, Nalbari, Barpeta, Darrang, Nagaon, Morigaon, KarbiAnglong and North Cachar districts.
Andhra Pradesh including Telangana (5)


02 Mango Pulp & Fresh Veg. Chittoor District.
03 Mango and Grapes Districts of Ranga Reddy, Medak & parts Mahabobnagar districts.
04 Mango Krisha District.
05 Gherkins Districts of Mahboobnagar, Rangareddy, Karimnagar, Warangal, Medak Ananthapur and Nalgonda.
06 Chilli Guntur
Bihar (1) 07 Lychee, Vegetables & Honey Muzaffar-pur, Samastipur, Hajipur, Vaishali, East and West Champaran, Bhagalpur, Begulsarai, Khagaria, Sitamarhi, Saran and Gopalganj.
Gujarat (3) 08 Mango and Vegetables Districts of Ahmedabad, Khadia, Anand, Vadodra, Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Bharuch and Narmada.
09 Value Added Onion Districts of Bhavnagar, Surendranagar, Amreli, Rajkot, Junagadh and Jamnagar.
10 Sesame Seeds Districts of Amerali, Bhav-nagar, Surendra-nagar, Rajkot, Jamnagar
Himachal Pradesh(1) 11  Apples Districts of Shimla, Sirmour, Kullu, Mandi, Chamba and Kinnaur.
Karnataka (4) 12 Gherkins Districts of Tumkur, Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Hassan, Kolar, Chitradurga, Dharwad and Bagalkot.
 13  Rose Onion Bangalore Urban

Bangalore (Rural), Kolar

14 Flowers Bangalore(Urban)

Bangalore(Rural), Kolar, Tumkur, Kodagu and Belgaum

15 Vanilla Districts of Dakshin Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Shimoga, Kodagu, Chickamagalur.
Jammu & Kashmir (2)


16 Apple Districts of Srinagar, Baramula, Anantnag, Kupwara, Badgaum and Pulwama.
17 Walnuts Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Budgam, Kupwara and Srinagar.,

Jammu Region,  Doda, Poonch, Udhampur, Rajouri and Kathua.

Jharkhand (1) 18 Vegetables Districts of Ranchi, Hazaribagh and Lohardaga.
Kerala (2)


19 Horticulture Products Districts of Thrissur, Kollam, Ernakulam, Kottayaam, Alapp-uzha, Pathanum-thitta, Thiruvantha-puram, Idukki and Palakkod.
20 Medicinal Plant Wayanad, Mallapuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kollam, Pathana-mittha, Thiruva-nanthapuram
Madhya Pradesh


21 Potatoes, Onion


Malwa, Ujjain, Indore, Dewas, Dhar, Shajajpur, Ratlam, Neemuch and Mandsaur.
22 Seed Spices Districts of Guna, Mandsaur, Ujjain, Rajgarh, Ratlam, Shajapur and Neemuch.
23 Wheat (Duram) Three distinct and contiguous zones :-

Ujjain Zone comprising of Neemach, Ratlam, Mandsaur and Ujjain

Indore Zone comprising of Indore, Dhar, Shajapur and Dewas

Bhopal Division, comprising of Sehore, Vidisha, Raisen, Hoshangabad, Harda, Narsinghpur and Bhopal.

24 Lentil and Grams Shivpuri, Guna, Vidisha, Raisen, Narsinghpura, Chhindwara.
25 Oranges Chhindwara, Hoshangabad. Betul.
Maharashtra (8) 26 Grape and Grape Wine Districts of Nasik, Sanghli, Pune, Satara, Ahmednagar and Sholapur.
27 Mango


Districts of Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Raigarh and Thane.
28 Kesar Mango Districts of Aurangabad, Beed, Jalna, Ahmednagar and Latur.
29 Flowers Pune, Nasik, Kolhapur and Sangli.
30 Onions Districts of Nasik, Ahmednagar, Pune Satara, Jalgaon and Solapur.
31 Pomegranate Districts of Solapur, Sangli, Ahmednagar, Pune Nasik, Latur, Osmanabad.
32 Banana Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar, Buldhana, Wardha, Parbhani, Hindoli, Nanded.
33 Oranges Nagpur and Amraoti.
Orissa (1) 34 Ginger and Turmeric Kandhamal District.
Punjab (3)


35 Vegetables Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Sangrur, Ropar and Ludhiana.
36 Potatoes SinghpuraZirakpur (Patiala) RampuraPhul, Muktsar, Ludhiana, Jullunder.
37 Basmati Rice Districts of Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Kapur-thala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahar)
Rajasthan (2)


38 Coriander Kota, Bundi, Baran, Jhalawar& Chittoor
39 Cumin Nagaur, Barmer, Jalore, Pali and Jodhpur
Sikkim (2) 40 Flowers

(Orchids) & Cherry Pepper

East Sikkim.



41 Ginger North, East, South & West Sikkim.
Tripura (1) 42 Organic Pineapple Kumarghat, Manu, Melaghar, Matabari and Kakraban Blocks.
Tamil Nadu (4) 43 Flower Dharmapuri.
44 Flowers Nilgiri District.
45 Mangoes Districts of Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Virudhunagar and Tirunelveli.
Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and Sivaganga.
Uttar Pradesh (4) 47 Potatoes Agra, Hathras, Farrukhabad, Kannoj, Meerut, Baghpat and Aligarh.
48 Mangoes and Vegetables Lucknow, Unnao, Hardo, Sitapur and barabanki.
49 Mangoes Saharanpur, Muzzfarnagar, Bijnaur, Meerut, Bhagpat and Bulandshahar.
50 Basmati Rice Districts of Bareilly, Shahajahanpur, Pilibhit, Rampur, Badaun, Bijnor, Moradabad, J B Phulenagar, Saharanpur, Mujjafarnagar, Meerut, Bulandshahar, Ghaziabad.
Uttarakhand (4)


51 Lychee Udhamsingh Nagar, Dehradun and Nainital .
52 Flowers Districts of Dehradun and Pantnagar.
53 Basmati Rice Districts of Udham Singh Nagar, Nainital, Dehradun and Haridwar.
54 Medicinal & Aromatic Plants Districts of Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Dehradun and Nainital.
West Bengal (6) 55 Lychee Districts of MurshidabadMalda, 24 Pargana (N) and 24 Pargana(s).
56 Potatoes Districts of Hoogly, Burdwan, Midnapore (W) UdayNarayanpur and Howrah.
57 Mango Malda and Murshidabad
58 Vegetables Nadia, Murshidabad) and North 24 Parganas.
59 Darjeeling Tea Darjeeling.
60 Pineapple Darjeeling, Uttar Dinajpur, Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, C. R. Chaudhary, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha yesterday.

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