The farmers and traders of vegetables and fruits can now sell their products from airconditioned comfort in the Azadpur fruit and vegetable market of the city.
The other such markets of the city too would have similar modern facilities in the next two years in a bid to give a new boost to the farm sector.
“The Azadpur market would soon be re-modelled to make it a Mandi of International repute,” said CM Sheila Dikshit.
She was inaugurating a modern air-conditioned office complex with total covered area of 6600 Sq. meters, constructed at a cost of Rs 10 crore and a modern air conditioned Kisan Bhawan with total covered area of 4000 sq. meters, constructed at a cost of Rs 7 crore.
The farmers would get high-tech assistance. The office complex would have an auditorium with a sitting capacity of 200 people and display projector, conference room with a capacity of 60 persons, computer centres, spacious parking, rain-water harvesting and ultra modern communication system.
The Kisan Bhawan would have 100 beds and provide accommodation for overnight stay of the farmers and growers who come to sell their produce from several states.
To save the farmers from distress selling of their produce at throw away for fear of the produce being damaged, a modern cold store would come up soon.
Delhi Development Minister Rajkumar Chauhan said an integrated facility centre for sorting, grading, packaging and electronic auctioning for fruit and vegetables would be set-up at Azadpur apart from computerisation and e-commerce facilities at Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee, Azadpur.
He announced that a new fruit market at Tikri Khanpur would be developed to decongest present fruit and vegetable market at Azadpur.
Asia’s biggest fruit and vegetable market is spread over 76-acre. There are 118 notified commodities of fruit and vegetables available for transaction in the market. The daily arrival of fruit and vegetable is around 13,000 tonnes.
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