December 17, 2015
The Coimbatore district collector Archana Patnaik has implored the farmers to utilize the newly built warehouses and cold storage facilities built by the departments of agriculture, commerce and sales, free of cost, in order to earn good profits during inflation and avert loss during deflation.
According to the press release the government has built warehouses of 2000 metric-ton capacities in Thondaamuthur, Kinathukkadavu, Pollachi, Anaimalai, and Sencheri. It also has built refrigerated warehouses with the capacity of 25 metric tons in these areas. The Farmers of nearby areas can store their grain products at these warehouses.
The warehouses also give out loans to the farmers. Up to Rs.2 lakhs can be borrowed against the products stored by them at these warehouses. There is no interest for the first 15 days. After the 15th day, an interest of five percent will be levied.
Agricultural products can be stored for up to six months, free of cost. The stored goods will be preserved from pest attacks. Farmers can store products like green chilis, mountain vegetables, tamarind, and dried chilies at the warehouses.
They can also store fresh fruits, dry fruits, and processed fruits in the cold storage warehouses. Due to non-availability of proper storage facilities, farmers were losing between 25 to 40% of their produce.