PANAJI: The Goa State Horticulture Corporation (GSHC) officials had a tough time on Wednesday facing complains from shopkeepers when several of them arrived with rotten vegetables and fruits for the meeting.
The shopkeepers of North Goa attended the meeting called by GSHC with bags of rotten tomatoes, potatoes, bhendi and fruits and said that they had to face customer’s ire every day due to poor quality of produce supplied by GSHC.
The shopkeepers said that their business has dropped due to the poor quality of vegetables given to them. The indifferent quality they alleged is due to fixing of contracts with suppliers from Belgaum and officials should look into the matter.
However GSHC sources said that the poor quality of vegetables and fruits was not the focus of the meeting as there were several issues to be taken up for discussion. Plans are to increase coverage of subsidised outlets in the future and also to increase the number of shops selling fruits, said a source.
The number of GSHC shops selling fruits has declined recently and attempts are made to encourage more outlets to stock fruits said the source. The corporation sells about eight varieties of fruits including apple, orange, pomegranate, banana, sweet lime, pears, water melon, etc. although not all the varieties are available.
There are about 625 GSHC outlets that sell vegetables at cheaper rates than the vegetables available in the market. The corporation brings in 32 truckloads of vegetables for a five day a week with about 200 tonnes coming in per day. It buys about 20 varieties of vegetables. Of this 10 main vegetables is consumed by locals are sold at subsidised rates while the balance is sold at a slightly higher price. The GSHC buys from the Belgaum market only, said officials.
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Source: The Navhind Times