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Sudha outlet for organic vegetables

Think organic, eat organic.

The agriculture department has come to the rescue of residents compelled to eat chemical-laced vegetables everyday. The department would soon start an outlet in Patna, in collaboration with Bihar State Milk Co-operative Federation Limited (Comfed), where organic vegetables would be sold.

Comfed has agreed in-principle to provide one of its Sudha Dairy stalls for the purpose. Sources said this would be the first such outlet opened by the department. It is planning to open the outlet within two months.

District horticulture officer Dev Narayan Mahto said the outlet would be started to help farmers with organic farming. “We want to help the farmers in their marketing. Farmers engaged in organic farming would manage the outlet that we are going to start with the help of Comfed. The idea is to eliminate middlemen. We always get to hear from farmers (those into organic farming) that they do not get market support. This is the reason why we decided to open an outlet for them where they can sell their own products. Comfed has agreed to provide us one of the Sudha outlets for the purpose,” said Mahto.

When asked from where the outlet would source vegetables, Mahto said: “We have started a certification of agriculture land for organic farming. In most of the places, we are getting it done through a France-based company. While in Nalanda around 180 acres has been certified for organic farming, in Siwan, certification of around 100 acres has been done for organic farming.”

Organic certification ensures that the particular firm complies with regulations of organic farming and so its produce can be sold anywhere in the world.

Residents are happy about the prospect of getting organic vegetables.

“There are selective places in the city where we get organic vegetables. I am happy that the agriculture department has come up with the idea of a dedicated outlet. They should think about starting more such outlets instead of starting only one,” said Manoj Kumar Jha, a Boring Road resident.

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