CHANDIGARH: Haryana is planning to eneter aff;uent Delhi to sell its fresh fruits and vegetables as it envisage to take advantage of its proximity to the national capital, according to a PTI report. Haryana government has taken this initiative, still in planning stage, with a view to provide remunerative prices to state farmers.
The state is governement is also planning to open exclusive stores in Delhi's bustling markets to maximise its reach to a wider sections of the society here.
The government has reportedly expressed interest in working with private players as well for supplying horticulture crops as it intends to leave no stone unturned in order to make it a successful enterprise.
To make the things viable, we are exploring the PPP mode, under which fresh fruits and vegetables and even flowers can be supplied," Haryana's Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar told PTI in Chandigarh.
"We want that Haryana farmers should get maximum return from their crops. We are planning to set up 'Haryana Fresh' outlets in Delhi markets," he further went on to add.
The state government has taken many initiatives to boost production of horticulture crops. It has set up a Centre of Excellence for Vegetables in collaboration with Israel at Gharaunda in Karnal district.
Over the past few years, Haryana has witnessed tranformal change in its agriculture system. Farmers are now growing cash-rich crops like like tomato, capsicum, cucumber, chillies, brinjal etc using latest cultivation techniques.
Vegetables output in Haryana jumped from 29.84 lakh metric tonne in 2005-06 to 50.11 lakh tonne in 2012-13.