The Mizoram agriculture minister, C Lalrinsanga has said that the state government will introduce vegetable market chains to regulate the monopoly of vegetable prices in the state.

The minister said that the traders hiked the prices of vegetables at an inflated rate after purchasing them from farmers.

“The government is making all efforts to introduce vegetable market chains to control and curb the exorbitant rates set by traders,” he said.

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The drafting of the rules is underway and will be reviewed and implemented in an effective manner.

The state government will also set up a society of vegetable producers under the proposed market chain.

The state government will also divide Aizawl into north and south zones.

While the north zone will be looked after by the Mizoram State Cooperative Marketing and Consumers’ Federation (MIZOFED), the southern zone by Mizoram State Agriculture, Horticulture and Marketing Cooperative Federation (MAHFED).

The two PSUs along with the state government will also monitor the fixing of prices and provide all support to vegetable producers.

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