The programme was flagged off by state agriculture minister Atul Bora. While farmers are struggling to sell their produce due to early closure of markets for the ongoing lockdown, this move will enable farmers to get competitive remuneration for their products and consumers can get fresh products at a reasonable price in the safety of their housing campus.
NERAMAC has provided farmers the market link for products and locations, including banana from Dudnoi, Izong rice from Rani, watermelon from Udalguri, black rice and cinnamon from Manipur, black pepper from Mancachar, Golaghat and West Garo Hills and large cardamom from Sikkim. “NERAMAC has been focusing on improving the condition of farmers of the northeastern region by providing them a platform to disburse their produce at a fair and reasonable price,” the minister said.
In BTR’s Udalguri district many farmers have incurred heavy losses as their roadside business has been badly hit by the pandemic which reduced the number of inter-district commuters drastically. But the market linkage has ushered in new hope for Rajib Basumatary, a watermelon farmer from Bahingaon in Udalguri. “NERAMAC’s market linkage of my produce to Agartala has helped me get a competitive rate for my produce by bypassing middlemen and opening new markets,” said Rajib.
Rice farmer Jayanti Rabha from Bahupara in the Rani area on the outskirts of the city has been grateful to NERAMAC for helping her during the lockdown to sell three metric ton of Izong rice in such a vulnerable situation. “Due to strict Covid-19 restrictions and the ban on inter-district movement, we were stuck with surplus stock, NERAMAC has helped us sell our stock at a good rate,” she said.
Manoj Kumar Das, managing director of NERAMAC, Triranga Bharatiya Bora, director horticulture, and other dignitaries attended the inaugural event at the NERAMAC office here in compliance with Covid protocols.