Mumbai to go green with veggies on wheels

Thursday, 19 December 2013 - 10:10am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Soon the trouble of heading to a grocery shop will end and you will be able to experience the comfort of buying  vegetables at your doorstep, well at least till your society’s gate. Vegetables will now be sold at your society’s gate with the help of mobile delivery vans by early next year. The agricultural department will tie up with NGOs and also provide a subsidy of Rs2 lakh for each delivery van. NGOs or self-help groups will be responsible for the delivery of vegetables and also the maintenance of the vehicles.

As many as 200 mobile vans will be acquired for delivering vegetables. This was stated by agriculture minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil in Nagpur on Wednesday. According to the minister, the agricultural department had decided to do away with middlemen, and facilitate the delivery of cheaper vegetables directly at the doorsteps of the housing societies with the help of NGOs and self-help groups.

“We had problems in setting up outlets in the city and we had sought the help from builders and housing societies. We have already selected a hub and that is Goregaon, which will also have a cold storage. The department will also form groups of farmers, who can sell their produce directly to consumers and ensure that the there is no change in prices and we will have some control over the prices,” said Patil.

Veggie delight at APMC market
The agriculture minister said that sugar, dal and other processed items need not be sent to the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC). According to Patil, the move will help in controlling the prices of these commodities and inflation, as a cess is imposed when the produce is taken to the APMC market.

Fruit samples will be tested for chemical residues at APMC markets. “We will be setting up a process of testing the samples of fruits, which are brought in to the markets. “There are high levels of chemical residue.  Therefore, we want to reduce the level and we will test the samples at APMC markets. Locally, the produce  sold is without any care. We want to ensure that the fruits sold here contain less residue,” said Patil.

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