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Free meal scheme for farmers inaugurated

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“Mattresses, bedsheets will be furnished in farmers' rest rooms”

(From right) Joint Collector A. Sarath, Housing Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana and Guntur East MLA Sk. Mastan Vali having lunch at Guntur market yard after the launch of a free mid-day meal scheme for farmers on Thursday. — Photo:: T.Vijaya Kumar
(From right) Joint Collector A. Sarath, Housing Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana and Guntur East MLA Sk. Mastan Vali having lunch at Guntur market yard after the launch of a free mid-day meal scheme for farmers on Thursday. — Photo:: T.Vijaya Kumar

Housing Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana inaugurated a free mid-day meal scheme for farmers at the market yard here on Thursday.

On the occasion, he said this market yard had won global recognition due to the superior quality chillis sold there, which had a very good demand in Myanmar and Bangladesh and other States within India.

The yard has been making a substantial contribution to the national exchequer and it was able to sustain its profitability. A quintal of chilli in Guntur was fetching Rs 10,000. Mr. Lakshminarayana said the Government was taking steps to provide all facilities in the yard and ordered the officials to construct an open auditorium, where agricultural exhibitions could be organized. Joint Collector and Market Yard Person-in-Charge A Sarath said a computer was installed for weighing the chillis accurately and other facilities were being created. Payments were being made on the same day of auctioning the produce and information on prices sent to the farmers through SMSes. Mattresses and bedsheets would be furnished in the farmers' rest rooms, Mr. Sarath added. Guntur East MLA Sk. Mastan Vali, Kanigiri MLA M Ugranarasimha Reddy and market yard secretary V Harinarayana Babu were present. 


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