‘Terminal market’ on the cards

Ramesh Susarla

Idea is to avoid distress sale by farmers

Mangalagiri is focal point for several villages

Farmers of two districts stand to gain

GUNTUR: The State Government is actively considering setting up of a ‘Terminal Market’ at Mangalagiri in Guntur district to help farmers of banana, onion, vegetables, turmeric and curry leaves stop distress sale. The Government of India has decided to establish three Terminal Markets at Hyderabad, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam.

Commissioner and Director of Agriculture Marketing D. Sreenivasulu has said that the Government is considering a proposal in the form of a D.O letter from Minister for Sarva Sikha Abhiyaan Minister Murugudu Hanumantha Rao to set up a terminal market at Mangalagiri so that groups of flower growers and vegetables do not have to rush to cities or make distress sale.

Mangalagiri is the centre point for several villages and mandals all along the river Krishna that grow these crops in abundance, but have very poor communication facilities and lesser marketing avenues and they had to travel long distances in private vehicles to carry their produce, Mangalagiri becomes the centre point close to Vijayawada. Several traders fleece these farmers, the Minister had said. It would also attract mangoes from Nuziveedu, citra from Tenali, Eluru, Banana from Ravulapalem, and vegetables from Martur. Mangalagiri being well connected by air, road and rail exporting them to far off places in the country also becomes easy, he opined.

MoU with NDDB

The State Government had already entered into an MoU with National Dairy Development Board for establishing an integrated National Market to deal with perishables in Hyderabad, hence the Commissioner was of the opinion that shifting the Terminal Market to Mangalagiri close to Vijayawada would be appropriate in lieu of the Terminal Market in Hyderabad.

With the National Market coming up in Hyderabad for perishables, the State Government and the Principal Secretary Marketing were also weighing pros and cons of establishing Terminal Market at Mangalagiri. If approved, the local Minister was eager to procure land for this as this would cater to the farmers’ needs of both Krishna and Guntur districts and to some extent that of West Godavari and Prakasam.

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