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Uzhavar santhais gearing up for Pongal

    Syed Muthahar Saqaf
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Fresh turmeric bunches on sale for Pongal festival. — file photo
Fresh turmeric bunches on sale for Pongal festival. — file photo

The ‘uzhavar santhais' in the district have geared themselves for meeting the demands of consumers for the ‘Pongal' festival season.

Arrival of vegetables to uzhavar santhais have already increased in the last few days and the sale is expected to touch its peak by January 14 and 15.

Sale of sugarcane

Farmers from the nearby villages have also started marketing sugarcane and there is a good demand for the same.

The price of a bundle has been fixed at Rs.110 and a single piece is sold for Rs.10. Over five tonnes of cane is expected to be sold at the Tennur Annanagar uzhavar santhai alone during the festival season.

Turmeric bunch, extensively used for offering prayers during Pongal festival has started arriving from Tuesday at the Annanagar uzhavar santhai from the villages of Yettarai, Pallakkadu, Pochampatti, Puliyur, Adavathur . The price of a pair of turmeric ranges from Rs.10 to Rs.20.

Farmers brought loads of banana plant, banana leaves, sakkaravalli kizhangu used for Bhogi festival to the santhai today. The arrival of different varieties of country vegetables used for preparing the traditional ‘avial' on the Pongal day is expected from tomorrow, sources said.

The normal daily quantum of vegetables arriving at the santhai is about 30 tonnes “But, in the wake of the festival, the arrival would touch 60 tonnes for the two days of January 14 and 15,” sources added.

The cane is expected from Kilikoodu and other villages to the Tiruvarambur uzhavar santhai from tomorrow. About six tonnes of vegetables arrived here per day on normal days and the total sale of vegetables is expected to cross ten tonnes during the Pongal festival days here.

With prices of vegetables skyrocketing in the retail outlets of Gandhi Market and other such markets across the district, people have started thronging the uzhavar santhais, where the vegetables are sold at reasonable rates. “We expect a large crowd for the last two days on the ‘Bhogi' and ‘Pongal' festivals and we have started preparing for the same”, said a farmer who is a member of Annanagar uzhavar santhai.

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