Staff Correspondent

Arecanut inflow into market has increased

Meeting decides to hold arecanut market once a week

Separate market complex will

be built

DAVANGERE: The Davangere Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) has decided to shift the arecanut market from Krishi Bhavan complex to the APMC yard, as huge quantity of arecanut is coming into the market and it has become difficult to transact the arecanut business at the bhavan.

Announcing this to presspersons here on Thursday, president of the APMC B.M. Sathish said that the general body of the APMC, which met here on Thursday, also decided to hold the arecanut market once a week probably on Fridays.

All arecanut traders at the bhavan would be given shops in the APMC yard, he said and added that the traders at yard who would like to take up arecanut business would be permitted to do it.

Meanwhile, the APMC has resolved to build a separate market complex for arecanut in the APMC yard following considerable increase in the inflow of arecanut into the Davangere market. The arecanut complex will be built in four acres land behind the administrative office of the APMC and it has planned to construct over 100 shops with all convenience to store arecanut crop.

Boom predicted

Kusuma Shetty, president of merchants’ association, said that more farmers had been taking up arecanut cultivation. He said that arecanut had been planted in over 25,000 acres in and around Davangere. There would be a boom in the arecanut production in the next couple of years, he added.

The APMC has decided to make use of its 19 acres land in Mayakonda to hold weekly cattle market and set up a maize procurement centre, Mr. Sathish said and added that works had been taken up in this direction at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh.

The meeting also resolved to provide separate shops for vanilla growers, natural farming produce and organic farming produce at the APMC.

Vice-president of the APMC A.E. Nagaraj said that crop insurance amount had been distributed to farmers in places such as Chitradurga and wondered why the insurance amount had not released to farmers in Davangere. He urged the Government to ensure that crop insurance amount would be released to Davangere also.