Agricultural Marketing and Agri Business Department act as nerve centre from where marketing impulse are transmitted to put all the marketing interventions on track to safeguard the interest of both famers and consumers. The Department is focusing and taking concerted efforts to ensure remunerative price to the farmers by creating infrastructure facilities for marketing and post-harvest management. To improve farmers’ income recently more thrust are given for promotion of Farmer Producer Organization (FPO), implementation of Supply Chain Management for Perishable Commodities and creation of e-trading facilities
Tamil Nadu is one of the bigger States of the country with an area of 1,30,058 sq. Kms and a population of 72 million as per 2011 census. The State has a coastline of 1076 Kms and its climatic conditions are basically tropical and subtropical. There are 7 Agro climatic Zones suitable for cultivation of 2 various crops.
Dr S. Natarajan, IAS.,
Regulated Markets and Farmers Markets are remained functional during the Lockdown period. Farmers, Traders and Consumers are requested to utilize these markets and to follow the Covid -19 precautionary measures like Maintaining Social Distance, Wearing Mask and Wash hand with Soap frequently etc.
Waiver of 1 % market fee collection from traders for trading of notified crops in the notified area and Waiver of Godown rent to farmers till 31st May 2020 are being enforced.
It is proposed to establish Food Parks / Agro Processing Clusters in 8 locations of Tamil Nadu viz., Ariyalur, Perambalur, Karur, Nagapattinam, Dharmapuri, Ramanathapuram, Tiruvarur and Tenkasi in 2020-21 through Ministry of Food Processing Industries grant under PMKSY.
Supply Chain Management Project is going to be extended to 8 more Districts viz., Salem, Erode, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Tiruvannamalai, Cuddalore, Villupuram and Karur.
Strengthening of Regulated Market systems to integrate non conventional groups like FPOs, FIGs and FPGs