Stroll, Shop for Organic Food in Hyderabad’s Public Gardens – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

HYDERABAD: Walkers strolling the lawns of public gardens are now buying organic food products directly from the farm at their disposal, thanks to the horticulture service which enabled the Bhagyanagar Gau Adharita Natural Farmers Producer Co Ltd to set up a organic farmers outlet (FPO).

The FPO, formed a year ago at the instigation of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), has already enlisted 150 farmers from districts near Hyderabad, currently targeting about 300 members. The shop sells dairy products as well as those from sugar cane and leafy vegetable growers, beekeepers and rice farmers. Inaugurating the organic store last week, Horticulture Commissioner L Venkatram Reddy urged BKS representatives to encourage city dwellers to cultivate terraces, balconies and vegetable gardens in their homes, so that their shopping addiction can decrease and that their good health can be maintained.

The FPO, which was assisted financially by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), sold agricultural products in various organic shops and also in elite residential communities like Aparna Sarovar, among others. According to IVR Sudhakar Raju, head of the marketing wing of BKS, the FPO produces leafy vegetables weighing one ton every week and has adopted integrated crop management and marketing techniques with continuous training and guidance from BKS.
“Assuming there are 10 lakh people living in Hyderabad who like organic food products, such targeted cultivation is to occur on 2,000 acres in various clusters on the outskirts of the city,” he said. to Express.

He also called on those who have purchased large plots of land in these areas and who can afford to practice organic farming, as well as those who were interested in such farming, to visit , where they can find books, videos and also sets of crop-adapted practices for organic farming.
Mohanaiah, former DGM of NABARD, informs FPO members that the Center has allocated `1 lakh crore as agricultural infrastructure fund, of which `6,000 crore has been allocated to Telangana.

This fund was earmarked for the development of infrastructure for processing and post-harvest methods and technologies. “FPOs can obtain loans of up to 2 crore without any collateral under the scheme, with an interest subsidy of 3%. There is also an online portal where FPOs can help find out which banks they can apply for loans from,” he says, adding that FPOs could get working capital support through NABKISAN, a subsidiary of NABARD.

variety of products
The Public Gardens shop sells dairy products as well as those of sugarcane and leafy vegetable growers, beekeepers, rice farmers
The FPO produces leafy greens weighing a ton every week

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