NE agro marketing body's sales more than triple to Rs102 crore in 3 years

North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation (NERAMAC) has reported a sales turnover of Rs101.65 crore in 2010-11, against Rs36.91 crore in 2008-09 - a more than three-fold increase in three years.

The corporation had reported a sales turnover of Rs89.90 crore in the previous year (2009-10).

NERAMAC, a public enterprise under the ministry for development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), has farmers, the employees of NERAMAC and the eight state governments in the region as stakeholders.

The three-fold increase in sales has been achieved through innovative and focused initiatives like setting up of an auction centre for large cardamom at Rangpo, Sikkim, establishing linkages with passion fruit growers association of Manipur, channeling organges produced in remote areas of Arunachal like Tezu and Wakro to Bangladesh border, etc.

NERAMAC played a significant role by intervening in the sourcing, procuring and marketing of cash crops like ginger, fresh pineapple, cashew nut, Kiwi fruits etc from the farmers of the NE region.

The corporation has now grown into a dynamic marketing organisation supporting farmers through operations to sustain famers' interest in production by application of post harvest technology, minister for DoNER B K Handique said.