State agricultural dept to set up cold storage in kisan mandis

State agriculture marketing department is planning to set up cold storage in the premises of the all kisan mandis (Farmers’ market).

The state government has earlier decided to set up only godown but is now also planning to set up cold storage so that perishable vegetables could be stored for a long time.

The cold storages will be set up under Public Private Partnership (PPP) models.

Around 88 kisan mandis will be set up in the state. About 50 warehouses for seeds are also under construction.

The proposed godowns will entail an estimated investment of Rs 23 crore. So, the state government has released Rs 10 crore for this project.

The state agriculture department is also going to open an office in Haldia for supervising the construction of the kisan mandis for east Midnapore district. Haldia Development Authority has already sanctioned a land for this purpose.