Agri Yards to have Dedicated Platforms for Organic Produce
GUNTUR: In an attempt to encourage organic cultivation, to set up dedicated platforms to manage organic produce transactions in the yards itself, state-level agriculture market yard chairpersons committee resolved. Separate auction platforms will be constructed in all the yards.
A decision was taken at the committee meeting held here at the agriculture market yard. State committee president and Guntur agriculture market committee chairman Mannava Subbarao presided over the session.
While speaking at the meeting, Subbarao urged the state to grant at least 20 acres to each agriculture market yard in the state in order to take up the organic cultivation on an experimental basis.
The market yards were getting into the organic produce business and this would encourage farmers of neighbouring areas to learn the skills and switch to the new mode and it would be easy for the market yards to take up organic cultivation since it would be easy for them to rope in the agriculture and marketing department staff to extend support, he said.
Subbarao said, “The respective market committees can encourage the local progressive farmers to take up the cultivation in the land attached to the yard and promote the organic agriculture practice.”
Subbarao urged the state government to allow all the market committees to spend at least 20 per cent of their funds on construction of link roads in the villages as they play a vital role in bringing the agriculture produce to the market yards.
Ch Srinivasa Rao, Ch Suresh Raju, B Ramakrishna, M Venkateswarlu, T Nageswara Rao and B Ramireddy were present. Later, the state-level market yards chairpersons committee also demanded that the management of raithu bazaars be handed over to the market committees. The government should take up seed distribution activities through the market committees, said the committee general secretary I Siva Reddy.