North-east India: Bihar state government to sell vegetables

The government of Bihar will sell vegetables from outlets starting in October, intent on helping farmers get a good price and consumers fresh vegetables. Initially, the project will be launched in five districts, including Patna. Later, vegetables will also be sold in other big cities of the country and will be exported abroad.

The project will run on the Bihar State Milk Co-operative Federation Ltd (Comfed) model. Just as Sudha milk is collected, processed and distributed, the same will be done with vegetables. The department will procure local produce from farmers and sell it to the public.

Co-operative minister Rana Randhir Singh said: "We have constituted cooperatives in 97 blocks of five districts (Patna, Nalanda, Vaishali, Samastipur and Begusarai) where the project will be initially launched. From October, we will start selling vegetables in the five cities from Sudha and Mother Dairy outlets."

As reported on, the state government will also build cold storage chains so that vegetables are still fresh when arriving at the market. Such an arrangement would ensure consumers get quality vegetables at competitive prices and should spare farmers from loading and unloading prices and transport cost.

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