The city’s only farmer-producer market received a good response on Sunday, as 80% of the agricultural produce brought was sold out. Farmers claimed that they got a good response and will continue to participate in the market that is organised once a week at Vidhan Bhavan.
Around 34 stalls were set up in the parking lot of Vidhan Bhavan, where 30 tonnes of vegetables were sold. “We are happy about the response we got this time with 80% of our produce sold out,” said Kondeo Mahapari, a farmer from Satara district.
Even consumers appreciated the quality of the vegetables but said the prices needed to be more economical when compared to the retail market.
“Prices of cabbage, cauliflower and brinjal was more than the retail market so I didn’t buy it. The state should also safeguard the interest of consumers as they are doing with the farmers. After all, the whole initiative is to serve both ends,” said Sachin Nalwade, a buyer.
When contacted, Bhaskar Patil, assistant general manager of state agriculture marketing board, said, “We have asked the farmers to maintain competitive rates but at the same time, we are also keeping tab to ensure that the purpose of both farmers and consumers is served.”