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SIMFED working round the clock for vegetables supply to Sikkim towns

Wednesday, Apr 01, 2020 12:45 [IST]

Last Update: Wednesday, Apr 01, 2020 07:32 [IST]

SIMFED working round the clock for vegetables supply to Sikkim towns

KUNAL RAI
GANGTOK: SIMFED is working round the clock to ensure that vegetables are abundantly available in the markets of Sikkim as directed by Chief Minister P.S. Golay during the lockdown period.
Speaking with SIKKIM EXPRESS, SIMFED managing director Pawan Awasthy said the State undertaking has formed a Whatsapp group consisting of 28 Farmers Producers Organisations (FPOs), key officials of Horticulture and Agriculture department, and SIMFED personnel. The group is active and in constant interaction for availability of vegetables, he said.
“The plan of action as of now is that we have asked the FPOs of each district to supply vegetables to their respective districts. In case of surplus production of any vegetable item, they have been asked to supply to the nearest district market. There has no shortage of vegetables so far with the present system in place. The FPOs are working efficiently and no market or local shops are without vegetables,” said the SIMFED managing director.
Bulk of the vegetables for Gangtok, Rangpo and Singtam markets are coming from Siliguri. We are bringing the green leafy vegetables for east district markets from farmers at Khamdong, Pendam, Rongli, Rhenock, Rumtek and Ranka, said Awasthy.
The State government has authorised SIMFED to issue passes to vehicles carrying vegetables from villages to towns and return back.
A route map has been prepared for supplying fresh vegetables in SIMFED vehicles to different locations in and around Gangtok.
The SIMFED field teams and officials are on the job full-time every day.
The field teams are ready by 7 am, they load the vehicles with vegetables and travel along the identified route supplying the vegetables to different localities and outlets by 9.30 am. The day ends with the vehicles and staffs come to the head office at Development Area here and settle the accounts on a daily basis.
Awasthy appreciated the efforts put in by all to provide daily vegetable supplies to the people.
Furthermore, SIMFED has also made a contingency plan considering any shortages of vegetables in the market. We are procuring vegetables from Siliguri regulatory market and storing it so that in case of any shortfall we can feed the market and it operates smoothly, Awasthy said.
Awasthy appealed the consumers to extend cooperation with SIMFED at this difficult hour and also help by maintaining social distancing.

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