Monday, November 29, 1999

Fruits and vegetable market to be set up in Haryana

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Chandigarh, June 17 (PTI) A fruit and vegetables market of international standard will be developed with French expertise over an area of 537 acres at Gannaur, in Haryana, about 60 km from Delhi, at an estimated expenditure of Rs 830 crore. The Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board (HSAMB) and Semmaris/Gressard Consultants of France signed a consultancy agreement for the project in the presence of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here today, an official release said. While describing the terminal market complex as another milestone in the development of Haryana, the Chief Minister said that French expertise would help in value addition to agricultural products. Farmers would also get a remunerative price for their produce and consumers, too, would get good products, he said. The Embassy of France Counsellor of Agriculture Beyries Philiffe expressed confidence that Haryana would be benefited by the French company''s expertise. Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Roshan Lal said the Ganaur Terminal Market Complex would be designed and developed by Semmaris/Gressard Consultants and would be set up with the financial assistance of the National Horticulture Mission. This market would be designed to handle 7.5 million tonnes of fruits, vegetables and other perishable items per annum. Once the market was set up, post-harvest losses, which are to the extent of 40 per cent, will be reduced a bare minimum, he said. He said that the terminal market complex would have multiple commodity hubs. It will offer a clean and hygienic market environment for various components of the market system, including a wholesale market, backward linkages with producers and forward linkages with retailers, exporters and consumers.

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