THENI: From now, farmers of many villages around Theni need not worry about glut in arrival of vegetables and poor sale of perishable commodities at farmers’ market in the town as they have got a two-tonne capacity cold storage facility at the ‘Uzhavar Sandhai’ (Farmers’ market) to stock excess or unsold vegetables and fruits.
Inaugurating the cold storage facility constructed at a cost of Rs.6.05 lakh here on Saturday, Collector P. Muthuveeran said that this facility, a long pending dream of farming community, would be useful to small and marginal farmers. It would certainly scale down post harvest loss. A nominal charge would be collected from farmers for stocking vegetables and fruits in order to meet maintenance expenses of this facility.
With no sufficient cold storage facility, farmers had to spend sizable amount for freight to take back the unsold vegetables and fruits to their villages. Otherwise, they had to keep it in the market exposing to heat and dust. Sometimes, they were forced to sell the produce even below the production cost. This facility had wiped out such hardship, he added.
Briefing performance of farmers markets in other parts of the district, Mr. Muthuveeran said that farmers’ markets in Theni and Cumbum had been functioning well.
Theni market alone had been selling 32 tonnes of vegetables every day.
Farmers have 60 permanent shops and 10 to 15 temporary shops. A total of 5,000 persons have been visiting the market every day.
This market will get electronic weighing machines soon. Steps will be taken to provide more facilities at the market. Cold storage facility will also be established in other best functioning markets in other areas in phased manner, Mr. Muthuveeran said.
While interacting with the Collector, farmers told that they have been selling vegetables worth Rs.2,000 day in the market.
Theni District Farmers’ Marketing Committee president S. Shamugavel said that this facility would be boon to farmers.