A total of 36,629 tonnes of vegetables procured from farmers were sold for ₹115.28 crore through the 75 farm fresh shops in the State, said Minister for Cooperatives, Sellur K. Raju.
Speaking at the 65th All India Cooperative Week Celebrations here on Friday, Mr. Raju said that 3,24,194 self help groups for women were given ₹4,347.22 crore loans.
Besides, 99,950 entrepreneurs were given ₹397.65 crore loan and 71,486 working women were given loans to the tune of ₹392.23 crore.
The 282 Amma Pharmacies and other pharmacies run by the Department of Cooperation have sold ₹725.86 crore drugs with 20% discount.
Besides, 32,902 fair price shops were supplying free rice for two crore families.
Additional 2,362 ration shops have been opened, the Minister said.
The Cooperative Societies in the State were functioning in such a manner that common man can become their members and also become their presidents, he added.
Minister for Dairy Development, K.T. Rajenthra Bhalaji, said that the Department of Cooperation has given loans to the tune of ₹11 crore in the district.
District Collector A. Sivagnanam, District Cooperative Union president, R. Ramanathan, MLA (Srivilliputtur), M. Chandraprabha, District Revenue Officer K. Udhayakumar, Joint Director for Cooperative Societies, N. Dilipkumar, were present.