With the intent of helping vegetable farmers get a good price and consumers fresh vegetables, the State Government has opened 10 outlets in the city. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa inaugurated the shops from Chennai on Monday.
According to a release from the district administration, the shops would function from Monday to Saturday from 7am to 11am and from 5 p.m. to 7pm at Flower Market, Thadagam Road (Aavin complex), Telugupalayam Primary Agriculture Cooperative Credit Society complex, Chinthamani headquarters, Chinthamani kerosene distribution centre on N.S.R. Road, Coimbatore District Library Authority building complex in Town Hall, Coimbatore Corporation Shopping Complex, Tatabad, TUCAS building premises, Thudiyalur, P.N. Pudur, and Ondipudur Urban Cooperative Credit Society.
These outlets would source vegetables from Thondamuthur, Pollachi, Mettupalayam, and Karamadai in Coimbatore district, The Nilgiris, Tirupur, and Dindigul districts, where members of the cooperative societies would procure the vegetables at farm gate from farmers.
Such an arrangement would ensure that consumers got the best quality vegetables at a competitive price and also spare the farmers from loading and unloading prices and transport cost. The farmers also need not pay the storage cost.