Showing that right use of government schemes can do wonders for farmers, a lecturer at the Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic College in Ludhiana on Wednesday hosted a direct-selling organic fair for farmers on the college premises.
The fair, which will now be held every Wednesday, offered a free platform for farmers to sell organic vegetables, spices and other farm products directly to customers. Speaking to Indian Express, Joga Singh, senior lecturer at the college’s civil engineering department and project officer at its Skill Training Centre, said: “There is a scheme called Community Development Through Polytechnics (CDTP) offered by HRD Ministry to promote organic farmers and help them in selling their products directly to customers. I decided to use this scheme and host the farmers. The response was overwhelming. Farmers from Mohali, Nabha and other districts reached the college to sell their products”.
The farmers were allowed stalls through which they sold gur, shakkar, organic maize flour, pulses, sewiyaan, honey, sarson (mustard) oil, multi-grain flour and fresh vegetables on Wednesday. “We found out about this small fair and thought of giving it a try. Now, we will be coming here every Wednesday,” Mahinderjit Dhaliwal, a farmer from Mohali, said.
Shergill Bees and Organic Farm owner Harjinder Singh Shergill said: “It is always a cumbersome and least preferred step to sell our products through agents or middlemen. We are thankful to this lecturer who thought about farmers and organised this platform to sell our products”.
“The special organic maize flour freshly produced in our farms got awesome response today. It is good to see an educational institute hosting such a platform for farmers,” said Gurmail Singh of the Nabha Organic Farms.
Joga Singh added that he is expecting better participation from next week. “”t was the first fair today and farmers responded well. We are expecting greater participation next week”.