Yogi proposes establishment of district-level organic and natural products stores

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Lucknow, June 20: Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has directed that a strategy be developed to establish district-level shops of organic and natural items, as well as in government mandis. “At this time, organic product outlets have been established at divisional headquarters. They should be extended to the district and Mandi levels,” he added.

According to a government official, the chief minister also stressed the need of staging bazaars for the sale of organic products in the state, as well as the establishment of test labs in agricultural institutions for authenticating and marking natural items generated by farmers.

He also urged authorities to hasten work on establishing a tissue culture facility at Ayodhya’s Acharya Narendra Dev Agricultural and Technical University.

He stated that the tissue culture lab must be built on a least of 3 hectares, with the Mandi Parishad bearing the entire expense. He also stated that new Kisan Bazaars and Mandis should be established based on regional needs.

The chief minister said it was heartening that Mandi income had grown despite a reduction in the Mandi charge. Mandis’ income increased from Rs 614 crore in 2021-22 to Rs 1,520.95 crore in 2022-23, with an income of Rs 251.61 crore earned through May in the current fiscal year.