LUCKNOW: Lucknow is set to get a state-of-the-art ‘Agri Mall’ to facilitate marketing of farm products — in a development that is perceived as the UP government’s fresh bid to bolster farmers’ income.
The proposed seven-storey mall in Gomtinagar will straddle over 8,000 sq mts (approximately 2 acres) and will provide a robust market to the agricultural produce.
“The Agri Mall is required so that the farmers get a fair price for their produce, branding of the product and proper market,” said UP CM Yogi Adityanath, who chaired the board of directors meeting at UP Mandi Parishad on Wednesday.
The mall, Yogi said, will help farmers to sell their fruits and vegetables directly.
“Good quality fruits, vegetables and food grains will be available to the consumers. There should be necessary facilities for the farmers and proper arrangements for parking the vehicles of farmers/buyers in the mall,” he said.
The CM said several policy initiatives were being taken by the state government to promote agriculture and food processing.
“Planned work is also being done to encourage natural farming,” he said.
Yogi said the Mandi Parishad was making concerted efforts keeping in view the interest of the farmers.
He noted that the agricultural mandis were making significant contributions in revenue collection despite a minimized mandi fee.
As per an estimate Mandi Parishad earned Rs 972 crore between April and November — projecting a good progress in relation to the previous financial years.
The CM said that the Parishad should work with a target of collecting a revenue of Rs 1500 crores by the end of current financial year in March 2023.
Stressing on the use of tissue culture techniques in agriculture, CM said that to encourage this technique a tissue culture laboratory should be established to promote banana cultivation in Ayodhya.
A detailed proposal should be prepared and presented in this regard, he said.
Yogi said that testing labs should be set up at all divisional headquarters for verification of organic and natural products as per international standards.
The labs should be set up at Krishi Vigyan Kendras in a phased manner. This work should be completed with top priority.
Yogi also underscored the need of necessary amendments in the Mandi Rules for obtaining license for e-auction of agricultural produce or digital platform service provider.
He said that participation of the private sector will give a new option to the farmers, besides increasing the income of the Mandi Parishad.
Among other decisions, the board green flagged the proposal on officers/employees of Mandi Parishad and Mandi Committees be given the facility of treatment in private/government hospitals and reimbursement/payment at government rates as per the prevailing system.





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