With the government of Maharashtra promoting organic agriculture products in the urban area, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to allocate stalls dedicated to organic food products in the markets of the city.
Under the Balasaheb Thackeray Krishi Vyavsaya Gramin Parivartan popularly known as the Maharashtra Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (SMART) state, the state government is implementing the “Urban Food System” in the city. “The PMC decided to provide exclusive stalls to sell organic food products in the markets. There is a high demand for organic food in the city,” said an officer with the civic body.
“Agricultural companies or groups of farmers can request to use the PMC stall. Space will be provided for them. Farmers will have to get their produce to market at their own expense. Interested eligible persons may apply for the stands,” the officer said.
The deadline for submitting applications is July 20.
The civic body along with the state Agriculture Marketing Department would join the initiative to provide space in markets to sell organic food products, he said, and added that the project complements the weekly farmers’ market.