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SIMFED resumes vegetable supply to meet lockdown demands

Friday, Jul 31, 2020 13:00 [IST]

Last Update: Friday, Jul 31, 2020 07:18 [IST]

SIMFED resumes vegetable supply to meet lockdown demands

KUNAL RAI
GANGTOK: After a brief relief due to easing of restrictions, the Sikkim State Co-operative Supply and Marketing Federation (SIMFED) has resumed procurement and supply of vegetables and essential food items to the lockdown-affected consumers in the State.
With restricted vehicular movement during the fresh lockdown, the government agency has been working towards ensuring regular supply of vegetables to consumers.
“Despite the public scare due to increase in Covid-19 cases, SIMFED has been working towards fulfilling its commitment. The procurement process of vegetables has been the same like earlier days in coordination with farmers, whereas our staffs have been strictly directed to follow the protocols with respect to procurement and retailing of vegetables. They have been provided protective gears and are working round the clock to procure locally grown vegetables from identified clusters and supply them to the markets,” said SIMFED managing director Pawan Awasthy to SIKKIM EXPRESS today.
He informed that urban areas of east district have reported shortfall of vegetables while locally grown vegetables are catering to south and west markets.
Awasthy shared that the locally grown vegetables are procured directly from the farmers. They include cabbage, cauliflower, radish, chilly, chayote, green leafy vegetables, cucumber and tomatoes. The vegetables are procured in justifiable rates and supplied to retailers considering the final price to be borne by the consumer.
However, items like potato, onion and others not grown locally in abundance are being brought from Siliguri every alternate day. We have been fulfilling major requirements of vegetables wherever required, the MD added.
Unlike the initial phases of lockdown, SIMFED is now not selling the vegetables directly to the customers but supplying to identified retailers in different localities. The retail outlets have been advised to sell the vegetables at affordable rates with limited profit.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi