Admitting that the heavy
spells of rain during this monsoon have resulted in hike in the prices of
vegetables sold in Goan markets, the Minister for Civil Supplies and Consumer
Affairs, Govind Gaude, on Saturday, said that he has asked the chairman of the
Goa State Horticultural Corporation (GSHC) to arrange meetings with various
farmers’ associations from Sangli, Kolhapur and other places, in Maharashtra,
for import of vegetables to
“Goa has been largely
depending on Belgaum market, and we have to break its monopoly,” he added,
further stating that the corporation would explore options as regards other
places, which grow and export vegetables.
The prices of onions,
tomatoes and coriander have skyrocketed, with a kg of onion crossing the rate of Rs 60.
Speaking to the
pressmen, the Minister for Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs stated that if
Goa wants to break the monopoly of depending only on Belgaum market, then the
state government should start taking measures now itself.
“The corporation can
discuss the rates of vegetables and other modalities with the farmers’
associations from different places in Maharashtra,” he opined, mentioning that
many of these associations are willing to send the vegetables to Goa.
He further informed that
a request would also be made to the Minister for Agriculture, Chandrakant
‘Babu’ Kavlekar to look into the matter.
Source:: The Navhind Times