State marketing department has decided to sell organic produce at rythu bazaars around the region . Six organic farmers have volunteered to participate in the initiative .
VISAKHAPATNAM (English): According to reports, the state marketing department has decided to sell organic produce at rythu bazaars around the region.After knowing the need for organic produce, the marketing department drafted out proposals and selected MVP rythu bazaar in the port city for the pilot scheme.The stalls will be operational by the end of August.In the rythu bazaar, six to seven stalls of organic produce will be available, including vegetables, fruits, and various millets.Six organic farmers have volunteered to participate in the initiative.The marketing department is taking steps to ensure that the organic produce is available on a regular basis.They are now forming Farmers Produce Organizations (FPOs).Organic certificates will be given to farmers who grow organic crops. The idea was to enhance direct sales between consumers and farmers.There are currently 96 rythu bazars in the country with temporary or semi-permanent buildings.According to a marketing department senior officer, all these rythu bazaars will feature organic products in a phased fashion.The facility will be extended to Madhurawada, Gopalapatnam, and Seetammadhara rythu bazaars later this year, according to the marketing department assistant director Yasin. Organic produce is now being consumed by people, as well as ganuga nune (local parlance) or cold pressed oils, especially organic groundnuts and sesame seeds.In a few rythu bazaars, like MVP and Seetammadhara, Yasin said that they plan to build up cold pressed oil mills or chekka ganugas.