Identity cards issued to ryots and all facilities provided
Nagapattinam: Hundreds of people thronged the `uzahvar sandhais' in Nagapattinam and Mayiladuturai on Saturday morning after reopening and purchased fresh vegetables.
The Collector, Tenkasi S. Jawahar, purchased vegetables at the market in Nagapattinam and checked the quality of vegetables brought by farmers. He interacted with the farmers about the facilities required for them in the market.
V. Marimuthu, Nagapattinam MLA, M. Bose, Joint Director of Agriculture, Nagapattinam, and other officials also came to the `uzahvar sandhai' and purchased vegetables.
The Collector said that 228 farmers (116 in Nagapattinam region and 112 in Mayiladuturai) belonging to nearly 40 villages in the district had so far been issued identity cards for selling the vegetables at the markets each in Nagapattinam and Mayiladuturai.
Nearly 14.5 tonnes of vegetables were brought to the markets in Nagapattinam and Mayiladuturai by about 140 farmers and 75 per cent of them were sold on the first day.
According to farmers, they got profit as middlemen were completely wiped out. The people are also happy that they were able to get the vegetables at reasonable prices.
Mr. Jawahar said that 10 special buses were being operated to enable the farmers to bring fresh vegetables from 20 villages to the Nagapattinam market and eight buses were pressed into service in the Mayiladuturai region.More than 3,000 people had purchased nearly 12 tonnes of vegetables on Saturday in both the markets.
The Collector pointed out that weighing machines were being provided at the uzhavar sandhais and prices of vegetables were fixed according to the quantity of vegetables arriving at the markets.
The `uzhavar sandhai' started functioning at Tiruvarur on Saturday.
The Collector, P. Ekambaram, inaugurated the market. He said that 40 farmers had put up stalls, while identity cards for selling vegetables were given to 54 farmers.
Free transport is provided to them to bring vegetables to the market. There are no middlemen and farmers can sell their produce directly to the public. Five women self-help groups have put up shops at the `uzhavar sandhai'.