The government has agreed to offer farmers 50% concession in transport costs to move their pumpkin and petha produce to the mandis, Ravindra Singh, chairman of the agricultural produce mandi committee, Dehradun, announced on Saturday.
Talking to media persons at the Mandi office in Dehradun on Saturday, chairman Ravindra Singh said the government also wants to set up two wineries in the state. “One in the Garhwal region and the other in the Kumaon region, and the modalities are being worked out,” he said.
Additionally, he outlined plans for the future, which would include setting up a multipurpose hall, shifting of the wholesale market from Saharanpur Road and providing crates for transport to farmers.
Among his achievements in the one year he has been in office, Singh listed establishment of farmers’ market ‘Apnu Bazar’ at Danda Lakhond and Nalapani and action taken against encroachers at the mandi committee premises, in addition to setting up counters to provide onion at cheaper rates and several handpumps for the benefit of farmers.
He also informed that the committee was providing organic manure to farmers at Rs 5 per kilogram and additional subsidy was being offered to farmers in disaster-hit areas.
As for his priorities for the future, he said he would make efforts to waiver the Rs 19-crore loan of the mandi committee, for which they are currently paying a monthly sum of Rs 20 lakh. Also, several new shops would be opened at the mandi premises at Niranjanpur, including five shops allotted to organic farmers.