KOLKATA: The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is encouraging agricultural cooperative societies to set up stalls in the markets of New Town to sell fresh vegetables directly from their farms bypassing the wholesale market.

The authorities recently decided to allot three to four stalls to some agricultural co-operative societies from North and South 24-Parganas at subsidised rentals to bring fresh vegetables directly from the farms.

Earlier, the authorities approved a proposal to allot three vegetable kiosks to different farmers’ cooperatives in one of the newly constructed markets in New Town’s Action Area 1C at concessional rates. The idea was to allow farmers to sell fresh vegetables in the retail market directly through their cooperatives and selfhelp groups.

While two vegetable kiosks were allotted to Dharampur SKUS of North 24 Parganas, another was given to Baruipur Thana Large Sized Co-Operative Society of South 24-Parganas.

Officials said that agricultural farming cooperatives are being encouraged so that both the farmers and residents of New Town are benefited. While the farmers will be able to sell vege tables directly to the consumers, the residents will also get the opportunity to avail fresh and even organic vegetables directly from the farmers. It will also encourage to form more such farming cooperatives or self-help groups who in turn will be able to bring fresh vegetables from the district farms without approaching the wholesale markets and middlemen.

The authorities have been discussing with the state agriculture department to develop rooftop organic farming in New Town. Some entrepreneurs have already started rooftop organic farming on their own and agricultural societies are now being encouraged to develop this concept.

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Source: TOI-Kol