KOZHIKODE: The 10-hectare urban wholesale agricultural market at Vengeri set up with the financial support of the then European Economic Community (European Union) 14 years ago has found few takers among the farmers. Out of the 102 warehouses, only two or three are used by the farmers. A few others have been taken by private parties while the rest remain closed. The market was constructed as a platform for the farmers in the district to sell their products. The government has failed to make any profit from the centre while the interest on the aid taken from the European Union has been rising.
“It is now the 14th year since the wholesale complex was built but it has not met its aim,” said Mr M. Radhakrishnan, a member of Vengeri horticorps society. “The market has been misused by various people. Mr Pradeep Kumar MLA has been preparing a master plan for the development of the market as per the direction of Agriculture Minister Sunil Kumar. We hope the farmers will be able to fully utilise the property," he pointed out. “Some warehouses were planned to be rented out to private parties, but the agriculture minister wanted to rent them out only to farmers,” said Mr Pradeep Kumar. A masterplan will be handed over to the minister’s office soon, he added.