Mandi would be modernized to match interna-tional standards: Veeri
SRINAGAR, AUGUST 05: Minister for Horticulture, Mr Abdul Rehman Veeri today laid foundation of Administrative block cum Guest house of Horticulture Planning and Mar-keting Department at Parimpora Terminal Market.
The Administrative block would be completed at a cost of Rs 50 lakh, with necessary high tech facilities for accessibil-ity of growers and traders.
Member, Legislative Assembly, Batamaloo Constituency, Sheik Noor Mohammad, Director Horticulture Planning and Marketing, Hakim Rafiq Ahmad, Area Marketing Officer Fruit Mandi Parimpora, President New Kashmir Fruit Association, other senior officers of HP&M and representatives of various fruit associations were present on the occasion.
The Minister also had a meeting with the officers of HP&M and representatives of New Kashmir Fruit Association to discuss the several issues related to the development of Fruit mandi Parimpora.
The Minister said new initiatives have been put in place to give new dimension to the fruit cultivation and its marketing in the State. He said the keen interest of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Syed in the growth and development of horticul-ture has proved catalyst for the departments concerned to work hard and achieve new highs.
Terming horticulture as the substratum of Kashmirs ex-port-oriented industry which sustained the Valleys economy when it fell on hard times, the Minister said that Parimpora Fruit Mandi is the main fruit and vegetable trade centre of the valley. He said this mandi would be modernized to match in-ternational standards and will have add-on facilities like Con-trolled Atmosphere (CA) stores, packaging and grading line, soil and pesticide testing labs, online trading and dedicated transport terminals.
The Horticulture Minister said that macadamization of Fruit Mandi is under active consideration of the government and in this regard the department concerned has already sub-mitted a proposal of Rs 4 crore for sanction to the government. He said cold storage facility would be also established in the mandi adding that in this regard a project report of Rs 35 crore for sanction is also under active consideration of the govern-ment. He said that a grading and packing unit would be also setup in the mandi.
The Minister asked the growers and traders to maintain the quality of apple and other fruits for better returns and to compete with the International market challenges. He said fo-cussed attention is also needed on grading and packing of the apple. He said government would encourage setting up of cold storage facilities under private sector and for the purpose all logical support would be provided to private stakeholders.
Responding on the demands of the fruit traders Associa-tion, the Minister directed HP&M department to take necessary steps for reconstruction of main gate of the mandi, besides repairs and renovation of drains and link roads. He also stressed on proper sanitation of the mandi. He also directed the concerned for approaching the revenue authorities for demar-cation of mandi land.
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