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NEW MOVE: Collector M. Vallalar tasting rural food at the farmers’ market in Dindigul on Wednesday.
NEW MOVE: Collector M. Vallalar tasting rural food at the farmers’ market in Dindigul on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

DINDIGUL: People visiting the farmers market at NGO Colony near here will soon get an opportunity to buy traditional rural food items and homemade products besides vegetables.

It would become a single point shopping centre for consumers, said Collector M. Vallalar.

He was presiding over a function that marked the concluding day of 10th anniversary of the farmers’ market at NGO Colony here on Wednesday.

Selling all items including groceries, masala items and rural foods at one place will help consumers get quality products at affordable prices.

At the same time, farmers and rural food makers would get better price for their products as they could sell directly to consumers without any middlemen or commission agents, he added.

Electronic weighing scale will be installed in the market soon. Efforts were also on to sell traditional food items like hand-pound rice (kai kuthal arisi), kambu and keppai koozh, puttu, fried grams, green gram sundal and vegetable soup in the market.

A total of 48,874 tonnes of vegetables valued at Rs.52.30 crore was sold in the Dindigul farmers’ market in the past one decade. Approximately 2.75 lakh farmers had sold their vegetables to 1.21 crore consumers during the same period, he added.

While Dindigul Municipal Chairman R. Natarajan expressed his desire to offer land for setting up of one more farmers’ market in the town, Dindigul Agricultural Produces Marketing Committee Chairman M. Manimurugan assured to start another market to meet the growing demand.

The Lakshmi Seva Sangam, Siddha medicine manufacturing unit of Gandhigram Trust, has opened its exclusive sales outlet to market Siddha medicines and other products to people visiting the farmers’ market.

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