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Hafed to introduce basmati varieties in Mumbai and expand feed milling operations

Published on 18 July, 2006, Last updated at 01:07 GMT

18th July, 2006: CHANDIGARH, INDIA - The Haryana State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (Hafed) plans to introduce steamed basmati, par boiled basmati, sarbati rice and graded broken rice in the markets of Mumbai and other towns.

This was revealed by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here on Tuesday. There was also a plan to set up a modern rice mill at Taraori to compete in the international market. This export-oriented unit would be set up at a cost of Rs 10.50 crore.

Other plans of Hafed included setting up of petrol pumps of Indian Oil Corporation at Ladwa, Taraori and Radaur. Various IT components would also be implemented for e-governance and to provide web-enabled services to farmers and customers.

Hafed has floated a special warehousing scheme to enable farmers sell their produce where the market rate would be more remunerative, but they would not have to wait for the funds till actual sale of stocks. Under this scheme, the member farmers would be financed to the extent of 80% of the cost of their produce at a concessional interest rate of 8% per annum on the basis of warehouse receipt.

Hafed has also decided to upgrade the Rohtak cattle feed plant to improve the quality of the feed and make it a brand.

The cattle feed plant was set up during 1976 and had the facilities of manufacturing cattlefeed, poultry feed, piggery feed and mineral mixture, bricks and molasses urea bricks. Hooda said this plant had produced 23,233 mts of cattle feed and its turnover was Rs 13.44 crore.


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