Karnataka Agriculture Minister BC Patil inaugurates modernized vegetable market developed by Syngenta India at Hirekerur

PR - 2022

Haveri (Karnataka), October 12.2022: Farmers of 50 villages and agri traders will immensely benefit from the modernized market at Hirekerur, said Karnataka Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare Minister Shri BC Patil today, adding that the upgraded facility is in sync with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision to farmers and rural population holistically.

“Farmers and rural communities play a critical role in feeding not only our growing population but that of the world. Yet many farmers, particularly smallholders, live in poverty for want of adequate facilities. I thank Syngenta India and NABARD for coming together to give a new look to Hirekerur vegetable market under their CSR programmes,” said Shri Patil after inaugurating the upgraded facility.

Hirekerur vegetable market – spread in an area of 85000 square feet – has 12 platforms with open area 12000 square feet covered roof, seven sheds, 16 solar lights, 21 roof ventilators, 130 boards with safety messages and two arches, which will ensure the complete ease of marketing activities for farmers.

Susheel Kumar, Managing Director, Managing Director, Syngenta India Pvt Ltd, said that Hirekerur vegetable marked has been upgraded under I-CLEAN (Inculcating Cleanliness, Learning, Education, Awareness and New Habits), one of our most innovative sustainable solutions, which has a long-term impact on the socio-economic conditions of local communities in India.

 “The upgraded vegetable market at Hirekerur has the facility for 500 vendors. Since the market gets 15000 weekly footfalls, the capacity building has been done accordingly. We have developed rainwater harvesting structure throughout the market and the water collected is discharged to the nearby lake. This facility, I am sure, will give further enhance farmers’ income as well,” added Kumar.

Reflecting about I-CLEAN Hirekerur project, Dr KC Ravi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Syngenta India, said: “It will effectively address the need of local villages and communities and help them strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life, and build and utilize available local assets.”

“In slow-growing rural areas local government policies do not bring in immediate prosperity and development. It is here that our I-CLEAN project changes the equation for the rural communities and drives transformation. Syngenta India has so far implemented 25 I-CLEAN projects across the country,” said Dr Ravi.

Sharing the vision behind NABARD-Syngenta India collaboration for Hirekerur vegetable market project, T Ramesh, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Karnataka, said that “our common goal is to accelerate the pace of contribution to rural economies by creating access to modern facilities for farmers and other stakeholders. It will help them to increase their income and improve their livelihoods as well.”

Speaking on the occasion, Shri MTB Nagaraj, Minister of Small-Scale Industries and Municipal Administration, Government of Karnataka, said that all stakeholders should come forward to strengthen the rural economy. “We cannot realize the dream of self-reliant India without empowering rural people,” he said.

Shri Arbail Shivaram Hebbar, Minister of Labour, Government of Karnataka and District In-charge Minister, Haveri, said that there are multiple benefits of renovated and modernized rural vegetable markets “These facilities not only address the issue of inadequate primary infrastructure and unsanitary conditions in rural vegetable markets but bring in improved access to overall market place,” he said.

The other esteemed guests present on the occasion were Shri Neharu Olekar, MLA, Haveri; Shri UB Banakar, Chairman, Karnataka State Warehousing Corporation; Shri Shivkumar Udasi, Member of Parliament, Haveri; Shri Basavaraj Horatti, MLC; Shri SV Sankanur, MLC; Shri Pradeep Shettar, MLC; Shri Virupakshappa Ballary, MLA, Bydagi; Shri Arunkumar Pujar, MLA, Renebennur; Shri Srinivas Mane, MLA, Hanagal; Shri R Shankar, MLC; Shri Saleem Ahmed, MLC; Shri K Revenasiddappa Angadi, Chairman, Town Panchayat, Hirekerur; Smt Kusuma S Banakar, Vice Chairman, Town Panchayat, Hirekerur; Shri Nagaraj Desai, President, Sarvodaya.

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