To control market prices of agricultural produce during Onam, the Department of Agriculture has launched 143 markets in the district under the name “Onam Samridhi 2022”.
The district panchayat chairman, PP Divya, conducted the district-level inauguration and first sale at the premises of Kannur Civil Station.
There will be 107 markets run directly by the Department of Agriculture in 89 Krishi Bhavan boundaries, five farms and six subsidiary offices. Of the remaining 36 markets, 30 belong to Horticorp and six to the Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council.
The number of markets in the Payyannur block is 10, Taliparamb 15, nine each in Kalyassery, Kannur, Koothuparambu and Edakad, 12 in Thalassery, seven in Panur, eight in Peravoor, nine in Iritty and ten in Irikkur.
In addition to vegetables, fruits and value-added products produced by agricultural producer enterprises will be available in the markets. Apart from produce from farmers in the district, vegetables purchased from farmers in Wayanad, Palakkad and Idukki districts will also be sold here.
Vegetables are purchased from farmers by paying 10% more than the government purchase price, and produce is sold at 30% less than the market price.
The markets, which started on Sunday, will continue until September 7. Horticorp’s Mobile Horti Stores will also move to seven different centers.