Herald: Revamped agri policy will brand local farm produce: Vijai

Revamped agri policy will brand local farm produce: Vijai

08 Aug 2017 07:24am IST

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08 Aug 2017 07:24am IST

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PORVORIM: The revamped State Agriculture Policy will focus on branding the farm produce locally giving them the edge in marketing, Minister for Agriculture Vijai Sardesai told the Assembly on Monday. 

“We are in process of preparing agriculture policy. Branding the locally grown vegetables and farm products and promoting it widely would be the part of the policy,” Sardesai said. 

Leader of Oppn Chandrakant Kavalekar had raised the question about the number of horticulture outlets operational in the State and if focus is been laid on providing quality vegetables to the consumers. 

The minister informed that a total of 931 outlets are operational in the State since 2011 and around 121 have been closed down. “Annually, we spend around Rs 80 crore on purchase of vegetables from Belgaum,” he said. 

He said that wherever required additional outlets would be set up. 

“Government is committed to provide quality vegetables at the lowest price,” he said adding that total 233 supervisors are in place to maintain quality.. 

Replying to another question raised by Kavalekar about regularisation of the contractual workers, Sardesai said that government has decided to grant temporary status to around 400 staffers on the basis of seniority. “However, we realised that there are many non-performing staffers who are getting the status just because of their seniority. Hence, we have decided to have performance assessment for the same,” he said.

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