First integrated market coming up in Siddipet

The under-construction integrated market at Siddipet.

Hyderabad: People can soon purchase meat products, including fish, mutton and chicken, under one roof. The State government is establishing integrated markets across the State, even as the first such integrated market will be opened shortly in Siddipet on the lines of rythu bazaars.

In a major initiative, the State government formulated a comprehensive Integrated Fisheries Development Scheme (IFDS) with an outlay of Rs 1,000 crore with the financial support of National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC). Development of the integrated markets has been taken up by the government under IFDS. Efforts are also being made covering entire value chain comprising seed production, fish production and productivity, harvesting, marketing, infrastructure development, innovation and capacity building of the stakeholders.

“As part of the Rs 15-crore project being established in Siddipet town, the Fisheries Department has been allotted 17 stalls which were constructed at a cost of Rs 52.3 lakh. Upon the completion, these stalls will be operated by fishermen cooperative societies,” said Siddipet District Fisheries Officer Venkaiah. Besides wholesale and retail markets, it was also proposed to introduce portable marketing kiosks in all districts. A model kiosk would be deployed in each district on a pilot basis to encourage fishermen to shift to kiosks to sell fish in hygienic condition instead of selling roadside.

Senior officials of the Animal Husbandry Department said about 40-50 integrated markets were proposed for the construction across the State, including four wholesale markets in Hyderabad city along with another market at Monda Market. The integrated markets were aimed at serving twin purposes – enable fishermen to sell their produce directly to consumers benefiting both fishermen and consumers as well as ensure affordable and hygiene meat to consumers.

“The integrated markets are being developed on the lines of rythu bazaars, but will have both vegetables and meat markets. Though there is a demand for the establishment of at least 100 such integrated markets, the government wants to establish at least 40-50 markets initially. The District Collectors have been asked to identify necessary land for the establishment of integrated markets and work will commence for these markets soon,” said a top official of the Fisheries Department. Proposals are also being prepared for establishing landing centres, cold storage units, training centres, and other facilities.