State to get new veg cooperative unions

Four months after the successful launch of the Harit Vegetable Processing and Marketing Cooperative Union in five districts as a pilot project, the state cooperative department has now decided to set up seven more similar vegetable unions covering the rest 33 districts in Bihar. 


As per a proposal prepared by the cooperative department, a total sum of Rs1,750.14 crore would be spent in two phases on setting up infrastructure for the seven vegetable unions. Of the total amount, Rs100 crore would be spent in financial year 2019-20.


Like the Harit Union, these seven unions will be set up under the Bihar State Vegetable Processing and Marketing Scheme with main objective to establish a virtuous cycle for vegetable producers and consumers through the medium of three-tier cooperative structure. The scheme is aimed at ensuring remunerative price to the vegetable producers on one hand and providing quality vegetable products at competitive rate to the consumers on the other.


Some other objectives of the scheme are to minimize the post-harvest losses, make the vegetable supply chain effective and meet the challenges of demand and supply gap in vegetable sector.


The scheme is being implemented through a three-tier cooperative structure — primary vegetable growers’ cooperative society (PVCS) at block level, vegetable processing and marketing union at cluster level, and vegetable processing and marketing federation at the state level.


State’s cooperative minister Rana Randhir Singh formally launched the Harit Vegetable Processing and Marketing Cooperative Union (Vegcomaun) as pilot project on March 4 this year by flagging off four vegetable selling mobile vans in the state capital here. Patna, Nalanda, Vaishali, Samastipur and Begusarai districts are covered under the pilot project.


Today, Harit Vegcomaun has spread its presence in 94 blocks, out of total 97 blocks in five districts. PVCS have already been formed in 94 blocks. Only three blocks have remained uncovered. Now, altogether 12 mobile vans are engaged in selling vegetables in the state capital, Harit Vegcomaun chairman Manoj Kumar told TOI.