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Kerala Chamber welcomes move to launch mechanised system at port - 2011-12-19

The Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the move by the State Labour Minister to introduce mechanised system to speed up the cargo movement at Kochi port. The chamber, in a statement issued here, said the low rate of clearance of fertilizers from the port has adversely affected the agricultural sector. If the situation prevails, it will add to the woes of agricultural sector as the price of fertilizers is increasing rapidly. Due to the non availability of fertilizers for cultivation, farmers will incur huge financial losses. Although the issue of compartmentalisation of labour has been resolved after the meeting convened by the port Trust Chairman, the rate of cargo cleared from the godown at the wharfs still remains the same. The plan by the port to hire mechanised system to speed up clearance of the goods should be implemented as soon as possible.

Source: Hindu Business Line