Staff Reporter

More facility to transport produce to farmers’ shandies: Collector

DINDIGUL: A series of measures have been initiated and new plans chalked out to boost vegetable production and scale up arrival and sale of vegetables at farmers’ market in Dindigul, Palani and Chinnalapatti in the district.

To begin with, farmers at several villages near these towns would be motivated to expand the area under vegetable cultivation. Horticulture officials would assist farmers in increasing the production of vegetables. All technical inputs like modern agriculture practices, fertigation, irrigation and pest management would be imparted to growers. A special target would be fixed to each horticulture and agriculture field official in this connection, according to Collector R. Vasuki.

Presiding over a special review meeting on functioning of farmers’ shandies held here on Tuesday, she said that assistance from officials would not stop with mere production. Additional transport facilities would be arranged to to move vegetables to the market from their villages in the morning. Suitable instructions have been given for operating buses to farmers’ shandies in the morning, she said. “If necessary more services will be operated.”

Sale of vegetables

To boost the sale of vegetables at the market, officials would take all steps to make in-charge of government school and colleges, boys and girls hostels and temples that have been offering annadhanams, buy vegetables from farmers’ markets. Self-help groups would also be encouraged to purchase vegetables for their shops from the market only.

Better functioning of markets would not only help farmers get reasonable price for their produce, but also give an opportunity for consumers to get fresh vegetables at an affordable price.

At present, Dindigul market has been receiving 15 tonnes of vegetables, Palani market 12 tonnes and Chinnalapatti four tonnes a day. Eight buses – three each to Dindigul and Palani and two to Chinnalapatti – were being operated to transport vegetables to these three markets.

More farmers market

Batlagundu and Kodaikanal town will get farmers market soon as foundation stone was laid for these markets recently.

Deputy Director of Horticulture S. Ganesan and Deputy Director for Agri-Marketing Committee S.S. Maniyam and others took part.