Gyalshing, 29 Mar:
Organic vegetable vendors of Gyalshing bazaar today assured that there will not be any shortage of vegetables if proper transport facilities were ensured.
They inform that organic vegetables were abundantly available in the villages of West Sikkim, but owing to the lockdown which has restricted vehicular movement, they are being unable to bring the vegetables to town.
Today was Haat day in Gyalshing.
An organic haat was set up recently near IDMST building (Shopping Complex) and the Gyalshing Nagar Panchayat, in coordination with Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), had made arrangements for supplies to be brought in.
The stocks, however, ran out by early afternoon as the haat drew heavy footfalls.
On a more positive note though, despite the shortage of vegetables, prices remained reasonable at the haat today.
Social distancing measures were also maintained at the haat by Sikkim Police.
What was unfortunate though is that a rumour that the lockdown would continue for longer than announced gained ground in the district and led to some panic buying.
Meanwhile, the in-charge of Gyalshing food godown, Prakash Pradhan, informed that the district had 14 food godowns all of which were adequately stocked.