Now, two co-op farm fresh fruits outlets in Chennai

Launch follows success of farm fresh veggie outlets announced by Chief Minister

Published: 22nd October 2013 08:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd October 2013 08:34 AM   |  A+A-

Following the overwhelming response to the Farm Fresh Vegetable Outlets during the past 100 days in Chennai, two Farm Fresh Fruits Outlets were opened in the city on Monday by Minister for Co-operation, K Raju. The outlets are located at the Anna Road Kamadhenu Complex and at the Chinthamani Cooperative Wholesale Market near Anna Nagar Roundtana.

People can get rare fruits like thuriyan, ramar seethaphazham, lettuce, zucchini (yellow and green), red cabbage, celery, China cabbage, broccoli, fashion fruit, elakki banana, chevvazhai, kathali banana and strawberries among others. Very soon, two mobile shops, operated by the TUCS, will be opened to sell vegetables.  The Farm Fresh Vegetable Outlets were started by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on June 20 as part of her efforts to cushion the people from the onslaught of rise in the prices of vegetables.  A whopping 1904.641 metric tonnes of vegetables worth `5.32 crore have been sold through the 31 Farm Fresh Vegetable Outlets in Chennai and its suburban areas till October 16. As many as 31 varieties of vegetables are sold through these outlets.

Fresh vegetables are sold at these outlets at the cost price to the people and since the vegetables are procured directed by the co-operative societies, farmers too benefit from them as they need not approach middlemen.  Around 15 to 17 metric tonnes of vegetables are procured from 5,000 farmers in Thangammapatti, Maniyakkaranpatti, Palani and Chatrapatti of Dindigul district, Pakalur, Perigai, Chettipalli, Rayakottai of Krishnagiri district, Olakkur and Vellimalai of Villupuram district, Arani and from Nilgiris district.  Krishnagiri contributes 40 per cent of vegetables.

At a time when the onion price was at the highest, the Tamil Nadu Co-operative Marketing Federation has procured onion from Maharashtra and sold it at `20 per kg to the public, paving the way for controlling the onion price in open market.  As on October 12, 560 metric tonnes of onion (big) has been procured from Maharashtra and sold through these outlets. 

The Cooperation Minister also opened an air-conditioned outlet of the Women’s Cooperative Market at Adyar on Monday. A 55 inch colour television would be installed at the Anna Nagar outlet for the customers to learn about the welfare schemes of the State government.

Stay up to date on all the latest Chennai news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp