Pithoragarh, March 10
Two days Saras Mela, organised by the Rural Development Department of the district to showcase and sell local produce managed by Self Help Groups (SHGs) drawn from all eight blocks of the district, was concluded today.

According to the information given by the Rural Development Department, the mela generated a revenue of Rs 1,55,000 out of the sale of the produces in two days. “Our produce which had been branded as ‘Sor Saugat,’ includes local pulses, flower of local cereals, warm cloths, herbs used traditionally to cure different ailments by locals, locally produces citrus fruits and pickle,” said Naresh Kumar, project director of the District Rural Development Agency, Pithoragarh.
The farmers, who brought the local produce for sale in the mela seemed happy with arrangements done by the district administration to facilitate and sell their produces, demanded mela every month instead of three months.
“If our local produce, which does not get market, gets marketed through these melas, the farmers doing bio farming in remote part of the district will be economically benefited,” said Jeewan Danu, a farmer who reached to sell his agriculture produce in the mela from Nachni village of Munsiyari block.
According to Chief Development Officer of the district, more than 20 stalls of farmers from eight blocks of the district were displayed at the two-day fair which was repeated in every three months.
“Our’s are high quality produce and by organising these types of fairs, we are availing markets for the farmers and quality goods for the consumers,” said Raghav Langhar, Chief Development Officer of the district.

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