Agri-mall at Nedumangad Soon
By Express News Service | Published: 07th January 2014 10:00 AM |
An agri-mall for marketing farm and animal husbandry products will be established at Nedumangad, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister K P Mohanan said on Thursday.
The government also plans to hold an expo of agricultural products here this year, he said. Mohanan was speaking after inaugurating the ‘Vision 2020’ farmers’ meet and agricultural seminar at Nedumangad. The government will support farmers and people’s representatives who formulate plans for production, processing and marketing of agricultural produce, three sectors which have equal importance, the Minister said.
By 2016, the state government hopes to transform Kerala into a fully ‘organic farming state’, he said. Palode Ravi MLA presided over the function. Projects worth Rs 12.90 crore have been cleared for the expansion of marketing, he said. Rs 10 crore has been sanctioned for establishing the agri-mall and Rs 50 lakh for a cold storage and ripening chamber.
For repairing the Valikode-Market road, the government has sanctioned Rs 80 lakh. The Agriculture Minister also distributed identity cards for farmers and inaugurated an exhibition.
A Sampath MP delivered the keynote address. District Collector K N Satheesh, General Administration Principal Secretary K R Jyothilal, Nedumangad municipality chairperson Lekha Suresh, Agriculture Director R Ajith Kumar and State Horticulture Mission Director K Prathapan were also present.