SIMFED toils to ensure availability of veggies

Gangtok, 25 Jul:

Sikkim State Co-operative Supply & Marketing Federation Limited [SIMFED] has been working hard towards procuring vegetables from different parts of the State and making the produce available at bazaars to ensure availability of vegetables in the markets for consumers and vegetable vendors.

Yesterday, at 5 a.m., two utility vehicles of SIMFED from Gangtok proceeded towards Lachung in North Sikkim to procure a fresh batch of organic cabbages. After collecting the cabbages, the two vehicles returned to Gangtok via the Dikchu route and arrived at Lal Bazaar in Gangtok at around midnight.

The vehicle drivers, Devendra Chettri and Rinchen Gyatso Bhutia, were accompanied by Field Assistant, Bikash Cintury.

“We reached Lal Bazaar only at midnight since there were problems on the road owing to falling boulders at Lanthey Khola. One of our vehicles almost slipped down the road but we continued our journey as the vegetables had to be dropped in Gangtok on prior basis. After reaching here, we slept on our vehicles. We are tired but satisfied that we delivered the vegetables in Gangtok safely,” expressed one of the drivers.

By 6 a.m. today, a team of SIMFED officials and employees including SIMFED inspector, Tshering Tamang, reached Lal Bazaar. They then went about disbursing the cabbages. Vendors and fast food shops in Gangtok had already placed their orders for the cabbages and were provided with the same.

Since there is high demand for fresh cabbages in Gyalshing, West Sikkim, the excess cabbages were dispatched for Gyalshing immediately after distribution in Gangtok.

Similarly, 300-400 kgs of cabbages have been forwarded for Singtam Bazaar in East Sikkim as per demand.

A certain quantity of cabbages has also been stored and will be taken by SIMFED mobile vans around the town for sale to consumers.

“After completing the distribution procedure, we visit our office at Kisan Bazaar and update the accounts and note down the quantity that had arrived and was dispatched. Then a report is sent to the head office of SIMFED. We also take updates of demands of vegetables being made from different bazaars and coordinate with the field functionaries for their procurement. We often receive calls from farmers requesting us to take their produce to the market,” said SIMFED field inspector, Tshering Tamang.