Kerala State Co-operative Consumers Federation Ltd (Consumerfed) has netted record sales worth Rs. 145 crore from Onam-Ramzan fairs held across the State.
Joy Thomas, president and Riji G. Nair, Managing Director of Consumerfed said here on Wednesday that 13 essential items were sold at discounted rates between 18 and 52 per cent through the marketing centres. Thiruvananthapuram district had the highest number of marketing outlets (759) while Thrissur earned the highest returns (Rs. 12. 87 crore).
Mr. Thomas said that the federation has got Rs. 107.19 crore through sales across 14 district festival marketing fairs and Rs. 29.52 lakh from subsidy counters set up along Triveni super markets. “We also earned Rs. 8.52 crore from sales through Nanma stores,” he said.
Mr. Riji Nair said that Consumerfed could start 5,561 marketing centres in 42 days and the number is expected to grow to 6,000 by the time of Onam. The government has allotted Rs. 29.50 crore to the federation as financial assistance, he said.
Mr. Thomas said that new marketing centres will be allotted to co-operatives only if they give an undertaking that it will not indulge in corrupt practices. The vigilance wing of the federation will act tough against erring co-operatives, he said.
Consumerfed has registered sales worth Rs. 3.90 crore through its 221 vegetable marketing centres set up on May 27 to check the spiralling prices of various items. Nearly 15 items were sold through these outlets at 30 per cent discount.
Mr. Thomas said that the organisation incurred a loss of Rs. 80 lakh through this market intervention. Farmers can directly sell their products at the district marketing centres of Consumerfed.
It recorded sales worth Rs. 145 crore from Onam-Ramzan fairs held across the State.