Haryana govt to upgrade mandis

Written by States Bureau | Chandigarh, Feb 26 | Updated: Feb 27 2008, 05:16am hrs
To keep pace with the changing concepts of the present market the Haryana government would be upgrading the existing mandis with better facilities for the farmers of the state in the coming months.

While stating this Haryana State Agriculture Marketing Board chief administrator Ram Niwas said Rohtak mandi would be upgraded as modern farmer's market and an amount of Rs 21 crore would be spent on this work. He said the farmers would be allotted shops in this complex, where they could directly sell their vegetables and fruits. To check theft of market fee, a computerised load machine would be installed at the main entrance of the mandi. This would bring transparency in the working of market committee and without any discrimination the goods would be evaluated which was coming to the mandi, he added.

The chief administrator said farmers would be updated with scientific techniques by agricultural experts. An agriculture information centre were being set up in the mandis of the state and the construction of such centre at Rohtak would be completed shortly. He said these centres would provide information by the experts for better marketing facilities.

The cool chain would be constructed in the mandi which would provide the facility of washing and packing of the vegetables, Niwas said. The facility of cold storage would be provided in the premises of the mandi.

For retail vegetable sellers, 250 booths would also be constructed and marketing board was trying to provide all the required facilities to benefit the retailers. Niwas said food court would be made in the premises of the mandi and hygienic food would be provided to the farmers.