Special markets also started as the prevalence of corona decreased

Purva Sadvilkar

Thane: The district administration has started a plan to give more impetus to the weekly markets which supply vegetables to the cities during the Karonakala period from December. Attempts are being made to launch weekly market of seasonal products in greater numbers. These markets will be started in urban areas, informed District Agriculture Officer Ankush Mane to Loksatta.

The weekly market in Thane district which has been started for the last few years with the objective of delivering the agricultural produce produced by the farmers directly to the consumers is getting good response from the citizens. During the Coronation period, weekly markets were maintained in most places by the District Agriculture Department to provide fresh vegetables and fruits to the citizens.

A total of 297 weekly markets were sanctioned in the district during the pre-Coronation period. Of these, 125 markets are currently operating in various regions. December-January is the season of fresh vegetables, pulses, rice, nagli (nachani), vari, papad. With the onset of cold weather, a large influx of vegetables, pulses and cereals starts from Pune and Nashik districts as well as from the orchards in Thane district. The remaining 172 weekly markets will be opened in December to deliver the produce directly to the consumers, the district agriculture department said.

Seeing the response to the weekly market, the Department of Agriculture has decided to start 50 to 100 new weekly markets this year and a large number of weekly markets will be started in urban areas. Earlier 160 farmer groups were added in this but this year 10 to 15 new groups will be included in it, informed District Agriculture Officer Mane.

Where are the markets?

Unnati Garden Grounds in Thane City, Pokharan Road No. 2, Brahmand, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Grounds, Davlenagar, Kolbad and Ganpatsheth Tandel Grounds at Belapur in Navi Mumbai City. – 15, sec. The market will start at 3A Rajiv Gandhi Maidan and NRI Complex as well as Sambhaji Raje Maidan at Vashi, S-6 type footpath.

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