Crop museum inaugurated

By TheHindu on 30 Nov 2016

Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran inaugurated a crop museum at the Urban Wholesale Agricultural Market at Vengeri here on Monday.

He inaugurated the project by planting a sapling on the wholesale market campus. Nearly 500 saplings of different varieties of trees were also planted on 3.5 acres of land on the wholesale market on the occasion.

Saplings of mango, guava, jackfruit, passion fruit, sapota, mangostein, West Indian cherry, butter fruit, lime, jamun and Malayan apple were brought from research institutes of the Kerala Agricultural University and government farms for cultivation, officials of the Department of Agriculture said.

Centre for mushroom

The State Horticulture Mission and the Market Committee jointly provided funds for the crop museum. The Mission has already started preparations to set up a mushroom production centre, they said.

The European Community-funded agriculture wholesale market was opened in 2000 to help farmers sell their products directly by avoiding middlemen. The total area is 10 acres.

The market is equipped with an electronic weighbridge, auction hall, godown, dormitory, service rooms, guestrooms, conference hall and canteen.

About 70 of its 92 godowns are being used by Consumerfed, Warehousing Corporation, Horticorp, vegetable merchants and Matsyafed. A. Pradeepkumar, MLA, participated in the programme.

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