The state government has decided to open an evening uzhavar sandhai per district in the state and accordingly, the government would be opening 37 such evening markets. It would function between 4 pm and 8 pm.
Chief Minister MK Stalin to inaugurate an evening market at RS Puram in Coimbatore on August 12.
Uzhavar sandhais are introduced by former chief minister Kalaignar M Karunandhi. However, the markets remained abandoned during the AIADMK regime in the last ten years.
After the DMK formed the government in Tamil Nadu, uzhavar sandhais are being renewed in the state and about 100 such markets are modernized in the last few months in the state.
In general, the markets would function between 6 am and 1 pm. Deputy director (agriculture) Sundaravadivel said, “an evening market to start functioning at RS Puram in the state.
While vegetables would be sold during the morning hours, grocery items would be sold during the evening hours. Edible oils, grains and other millets would be procured from farmers producing companies and sold in the markets.”
There are 24 farmers producers companies in Coimbatore and we are planning to procure items from 12 such companies in the first phase, he said,
adding that the cost of products sold in these markets would be lesser than in commercial markets.
Uzhavar Sandhai in Kurichi to be reopened
The uzhavar sandhai functioning at Kurichi in the district was closed due to several reasons during the AIADMK regime. Almost after ten years, the government has decided to reopen the market that has about 60 shops. Officials from the agriculture department have handpicked farmers from various regions including Madukkarai to set up shops in the market.
As of now, they have identified 30 farmers to set up shops in the first phase. The officials are also planning to allow farmers to sell flowers in the market based on a request from farmers.
The market to be reopened by the chief minister MK Stalin during his visit to the district on August 23.