Establishment of a vegetable wholesale complex in Theni, Coimbatore and Kanniyakumari

The complexes would allow traders and the Kerala State Horticulture Corporation to buy fruits and vegetables directly from farmers in Tamil Nadu.

The complexes would allow traders and the Kerala State Horticulture Corporation to buy fruits and vegetables directly from farmers in Tamil Nadu.

Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Mr. RK Panneerselvam, said on Saturday that the government would establish wholesale vegetable market complexes in Theni, Coimbatore and Kanniyakumari through the mode of public-private partnership (PPP).

Presenting the agriculture budget, he said vegetables and fruits grown in Tamil Nadu not only meet the requirements of Tamil Nadu but also neighboring states such as Kerala. The complexes would allow traders and the Kerala State Horticulture Corporation to buy fruits and vegetables directly from farmers in Tamil Nadu.

Mr Panneerselvam said Agricultural Producer Organizations (FPOs) would be covered under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Capital Grant Scheme, and they would receive a grant of up to ₹1.5 crore for invest in plant and machinery.

He said the government will set up an industrial zone for agricultural products in Tiruvarur district by the Tamil Nadu Small Industries Development Corporation (Tansidco) to create employment opportunities in the delta districts, where agriculture was the main occupation.

Mr Panneerselvam said the government was committed to improving the livelihoods of palmyra farmers and a 75 per cent subsidy would be provided for tree climbing tools and a valuable addition for making jaggery and sweets. He said 250 farmers would be trained in palm jaggery production and materials would be provided to them. In addition, 100 women would be trained in making palm leaf handicrafts. The best inventor of a Palmyra climbing device would be honored with a prize.

The minister announced the mission of sustainable cotton cultivation with an expenditure of ₹15.32 crore and a strategic program of cultivation of paddy to get higher yield with an allocation of ₹32.48 crore.

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