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    Other Information of Sirmour

    Method of Sale

    Method of sale is by open auction/ mutual negotiation. Market hours are from 6 am to 10 am.

    Dissemination of Market Information

    Daily whole sale rates of 24 notified Agricultural produce items are sent to the Directorate of Agriculture, Himachal Pradesh which are broadcasted daily on All India Radio-Shimla. In addition,the market yards namely Paonta Sahib, Nahan, Sarahan & Bagathan have also been linked with AGMARKNET portal where any user can access the arrivals and prices of any market in the country.  GPRS based Price Ticker Boards(PTB) has been installed at PMY-Paonta Sahib &  SMY-Nahan.

    Other facilities extended to the producer

    A)    Apni Mandi/Janta Mandi

    Apni Mandi/Janta Mandi is held every week on Monday at Nahan where the farmers of the surrounding areas sell their produce directly to the consumers thus getting optimum value for the produce. Similarly, the consumers also get fresh vegetables & fruits at nominal rates.

    B) Farmer Awareness Camps

    The details of farmer awareness camps held during the last 10 years in  a tabulated manner can be summed up as under:

    Sr. No.  Name of the Village Date No. of Farmer Trained
    1 Kalaghat 07.02.2004 123
    2 Nagheta 26.02.2004 115
    3 Nihalgarh 10.12.2004 112
    4 Kotla Molar 17.01.2005 108
    5 Panwa 22.03.2005 107
    6 Khairy 08.06.2005 102
    7 Mehndo Bagh 15.10.2005 103
    8 Kanshipur 18.10.2005 100
    9 Amboya 20.10.2005 102
    10 Danda Pagar 19.01.2006 105
    11 Gattadhar 22.08.2007 104
    12 Hirpur 28.03.2008 105
    13 Danda 29.03.2008 102
    14 Fatehpur 20.02.2009 101
    15 Satiwala 27.03.2009 108
    16 Navada 28.03.2009 110

    C) Distribution of Plastic Crates

    APMC also supplies plastic crates to the farmers on 50 per cent subsidy through Himachal Pradesh State Agricultural Marketing Board (Scheme sponsored by NHB) for safe transportation and storage of fruits & vegetables. Recently, APMC-Sirmour has distributed 1550 plastic crates to the farmers.

    D) Procurement of wheat & Paddy by FCI

    APMC provides a platform to the farmers of the area to sell wheat & paddy directly to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) at the minimum support price fixed by the Government of India. The Year-wise procurement of wheat can be summed up as under:

    Year Wheat Procurement (In Quintals) Paddy Procurement (In Quitals)
    2008-09 277.5 -
    2009-10 8015 -
    2010-11 4123.5 2353.5
    2011-12 4379 -
    2012-13 7889 3132.85

    E) Collection Centers

    APMC-Sirmaur has established vegetable collection centres at the following places:

    1. Village Kamhan Banjan Tehsil Pachhad Distt. Sirmaur (H.P.)
    2. Village Kotri Beas Tehsil Paonta Sahib Distt. Sirmaur(H.P.)

    F) Achievements

    1. Record increase in market fee during 2011-12, Market fee for the first time crossed the mark of 1 crore.
    2. Resumption of paddy procurement by Food Corporation of India during the year 2010-11 after a gap of 9 years.

    G) Future Plans

    1. Cold Storage & Pack Houses.
    2. PVC crates for fruit & vegetable markets.
    3. Expansion of Auction Platform (Foodgrains) at PMY-Paonta Sahib.
    4. Staff Quarters at PMY-Paonta Sahib.
    5. Expansion of Kisan Rest House at PMY-Paonta Sahib.