The minister, according to an official spokesperson, was addressing the farmers and growers after inaugurating 7th annual buyer-seller meet for traditional aromatic Basmati rice at SKUAST-J.

Agriculture Minister GhulamNabi Lone Hanjura today said the government is working on a comprehensive plan to open up basmati mandis across the state to give better marketing facilities to farmers.

The minister, according to an official spokesperson, was addressing the farmers and growers after inaugurating 7th annual buyer-seller meet for traditional aromatic Basmati rice at SKUAST-J. Vice Chairman Jammu and Kashmir State Board for Development of Kisans, Daljeet Singh Chib, MLA R.S. PoraDrGaganBhagat, Vice Chancellor SKUAST (J) P.K. Sharma, Secretary Agriculture Production Department Showkat Ahmad Beig, Former Member Parliament Tirlok Singh Bajwa, Director Agriculture Jammu, H.K. Razdan, Agriculture scientists, farmers and exporters of Basmati rice were present on the occasion.

The minister, while highlighting the government’s initiatives in the agriculture sector, said that the department will soon set up Basmati Mandies at several places where the buyers and sellers will hold direct transactions to save the farmers from exploitation at the hands of middleman. He said that it will immensely help the Basmati growers get better and viable marketing support for their production.

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