It is a fact that existing agricultural market in Khammam is insufficient in dealing with increased farm arrivals. (Representational Image/AP)
KHAMMAM: A new modern market for farmers of Khammam district to sell their produce will start functioning on a 29-acre area at Maddulapalli in Khammam Rural mandal within one year, announced agriculture minister Niranjan Reddy.
Laying the foundation stone for the new market on Wednesday, he disclosed that state has already allocated 100 crore for the new farm market of which 19.9 crore have already been sanctioned.
It is a fact that existing agricultural market in Khammam is insufficient in dealing with increased farm arrivals. There have been occasions when farmers had to stockade their cotton and chilli crops along the surrounding roads of the market. It took 3–4 days for them to get their produce into the market for sale.
Thus, there has been a demand since the last 10 years for another market to be built for taking care of additional arrivals of farm products. Locals of Khammam Two town too had demanded that the farm market be shifted from the present place as it was getting overcrowded.
Agitations had also been organised on the issue. The government, however, retained the market at its existing place. Due to this, the quantity of arrivals at the market started falling.
Under the circumstances, officials have identified the land at Maddulapalli, which is located adjacent to the national highway. It will be highly convenient for farmers of Suryapet, Nalgonda, Mahabubabad, Warangal and Khammam to bring their produce to the new market without causing any traffic jams.
The new marketplace will also have accommodation for farmers to stay, while their products can be kept in cold storage facilities or well protected godowns during all seasons including summer and rains.