Dy CM asks Horticulture Dept to complete formalities on Auction Centres

Dy CM asks Horticulture Dept to complete formalities on Auction Centres

ITANAGAR, Jun 5: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has asked the Horticulture Department to complete the formalities and start the infrastructure development work of Auction Centres at Namsai, Kimin and Bhalukpong immediately.

He gave this directive during a meeting of senior officers of the department and Spice Board in this regard at his office here this evening.

While reiterating the need of establishing Auction Centres in the State, Mein informed that Rs 20 crore has been allocated in the budget for establishment of the three Spices Auction Centres at the aforesaid places, market outlet license to be taken by the Agricultural Marketing Board at Siliguri for direct sale opportunities in the main market and for procurement of Large Cardamom Driers in the State.

He said that Auction Centres would help boost the farmers’ economy as it will do away with the middleman since the buyers of the agriculture & horticulture produces will come to buy directly from the farmers once these are established.

He said that initially we may face problems but in the long run it would greatly help the farmers. He asked the department to submit the guidelines and the DPR immediately and also asked the officers from Spice Board Divisional Office, Itanagar to provide the requirements as well as the technical support to the department in preparing the guidelines and DPR.

Mimum Tayeng, Secretary Agriculture & Horticulture while highlighting the progress of the projects informed that the guidelines for budget implementation and Concept Paper for the Auction Centres are almost ready and will be submitted to the Govt within one or two days. She informed that the land for the Auction Centres at Namsai and Kimin is already available and would start the civil works once the formalities are completed.

Among others, Dr Ashish Chandra Verma, Agriculture Production Commissioner, Himanshu Gupta, Special Secretary Planning, A Debbarma, Asstt Director, Spice Board Divisional Office, Itanagar and Kamo Ado, Director Horticulture were also present, said an official release.

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