Hyderabad: Marketing Minister T. Harish Rao on Tuesday informed the Telangana Legislative Council that the State Government was taking measures for the development of fruits markets.
Replying to a question raised by MLC B. Venkateswarlu and others during Question Hour, the minister informed that presently three fruit markets at Gaddiannaram,Warangal and Jagitial are functioning and another fruit market is being established for Sweetlime at Nalgonda.
He said the existing fruit markets at Gaddiannaram and Jagitial Mango Market are proposed to develop with modern facilities in the acquired land an extent of Ac.175 00 gts. at Koheda (V), Rangareddy District and an extent of Ac.23.09 gts at Chelgal (V) respectively and also proposed to develop the fruit market at Warangal with modern facilities duly acquiring the suitable land.
The Marketing Department has constructed Ethylene Ripening Chambers in the existing Fruit Markets at Gaddiannaram, Warangal and Jagitial and also permitting the Commission Agents to construct the ethylene ripening chambers in their allotted shops.
The minister said that the use of Calcium Carbine to ripen fruits has been banned and the Department of Health is regularly inspecting the fruit markets and taking samples of fruits for testing and initiating action defaulters, if any found.
The Marketing Department has also initiated several steps by conducting surprise checks in the fruit markets and also educating on effects due to usage of Calcium Carbide to all the market users through media. (INN)