Source: The Hindu
The Horticultural Producers' Cooperative Marketing and Processing Society (HOPCOMS) will open 20 new fruit and vegetable outlets in the city.
At a press conference here on Wednesday, Karnataka Horticulture Federation (KHF) president Ishwarchandra Hosmani said Minister for Horticulture S.A. Ravindranath would symbolically conduct the ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the Shivagiri outlet here.
He said the KHF provided financial support of Rs. 4 lakh for each of the outlets. Work would be completed and the outlets, which would have modern storage facilities and spot billing facility, would open for business in four months. The outlets would sell quality produce at competitive prices, he said.
HOPCOMS would open 20 outlets in Dharwad this year and 40 outlets in Hubli next year. The Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation had provided land on lease to set up the outlets, and the HOPCOMS was ready to open outlets in new localities provided the HDMC gave it land.
A target of setting up 150 outlets in Hubli-Dharwad had been set and if land was provided, the KHF was ready to fund them, Mr. Hosmani said.
To a query, Mr. Hosmani said that though there were no immediate plans to open separate outlets for the organic produce, HOPCOMS would arrange for organic counters at its outlets if farmers wished to market organic products at the HOPCOMS outlets. Only organic produce that had been tested and verified by the HOPCOMS officials would be allowed to be sold at the organic counters, he said.