Officials of Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Board (KFVMDB) have vowed to make Kalimati Vegetables Market a model vegetables wholesale market in the country.
Speaking at a program organized to celebrate 21st anniversary of the board, officials said they were committed to supply fresh vegetables at reasonable price to people in the Kathmandu Valley. “The Kalimati Vegetables Market is the largest supplier of fresh vegetables in the country. We, however, are facing problem in forging proper understanding with farmers and developer a mechanism for waste management in the vegetables market,” Tika Ram Sharma, executive director of the board, said. “We, however, hope to address these problems soon.”
He also vowed to ensure regular supply of fruits and vegetables in the market in coordination with other vegetables markets across the country. “We will also expedite preparations to build a new vegetables wholesale market in Chobhar,” Sharma added.
Similarly, Binaya Shrestha, senior planning officer of the board, said the country was moving toward self-sufficiency in vegetables production. “Vegetables import from India is declining with every passing year, thanks to rise in production within the country,” he said. Meanwhile, Bharat Khatiwada, former president of Kalimati Market Vegetable Wholesalers´ Association, said the board should be run as per the collective efforts of all stakeholders.
“Farmers, wholesalers and retailers are facing various problems in the Kalimati market. The board should all these problems,” he said, promising all possible support to the board.