55 farmers, traders allotted sites in Ganderbal market

SRINAGAR: The government Thursday distributed allotment letters of shop sites among 55 growers at Fruit and Vegetable Mandi, Zazna, in central Kashmir’s district Ganderbal.
The letters were distributed by the Minister for Horticulture, Abdul Rehman Veeri, to the growers and traders selected through a draw of lots, an official handout issued here said.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the minister said Rs 7.45 crore was being expended on development of the Mandi.
“The Mandi, after completion, would provide marketing facility to the fruit growers of the district for fetching better returns. All requisite hi-tech facilities would be provided to the Mandi for convenience of fruit growers of the area,” he said.
The state government has made a compensation case of the flood-affected, including fruit growers, and submitted it to New Delhi for sanction, he said.
“Once the funds are received from the government of India, the affected fruit growers of the state would also be compensated,” he said.
He said the government would also consider developing a dry-fruit Mandi at Kangan.
He announced that a soil-testing laboratory would be established in Ganderbal while a laboratory for testing pesticides would be set up in Srinagar.