Punjab Mandi Board chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal said here on Sunday that these pack houses were being set up for the benefit of farmers as they were marketing their produce in adjoining areas and supplying to retail chains located close to the growing areas. Due to lack of transportation, these farmers were unable to sell their produce in the distant markets, he said.
Lakhowal said that in the past many years, production of fruits and vegetables in Punjab was increasing continuously and there was a dire need for setting up pack houses.
He said the Mandi Board also planned to set up such pack houses at Sangrur, Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Batala, Bathinda, Ferozepur and Abohar.
He said the Board had plans that all pack houses, including the one at Moga, would be given on contract with the fixing of rates of storage of fruits and vegetables so that farmers were not exploited by contractors.