22 mobile Sufal Bangla stalls flagged off, app unveiled
Kolkata: State Agriculture Marketing minister Tapan Dasgupta on Thursday flagged off 22 mobile Sufal Bangla stalls and unveiled the app where a person will be able to get detailed information regarding price of products available at the Sufal Bangla outlets, location of the outlets and other details.
"We had launched the Sufal Bangla project in September 2014 to ensure availability of fresh vegetables including potatoes and onions at subsidised prices. We have already set up 16 static outlets and 46 mobile stalls. Now, with the addition of 22 mobile outlets, the total number of such mobile stalls have gone up to 68," Dasgupta said.
A senior official in the department said that the department is also constructing 32 more static outlets which will be completed in the next few months.
The Sufal Bangla stalls apart from selling vegetables, spices, wide variety of aromatic rice, mustard oil, processed fruit etc have went ahead to add products of fish and meat. "We have included milk and milk products from the state Animal Husbandry Department and meat products and eggs of West Bengal Livestock Development Corporation. We have also integrated state Fisheries department and hence are selling fish through these outlets. We have a daily sales turnover of Rs seven lakh and the yearly turnover hovers at around Rs 25 crores," the official said.
According to him, the app that was launched will be effective as people will be able to know the prices of products in advance before he/she goes to the nearby outlet.
"The app will prove to be extremely handy for giving online orders as the department will soon go towards home delivery of Sufal Bangla products.
The minister also announced the commencement of a quality control laboratory in Singur, Hooghly which will be responsible for testing of various products.
"Singur is our hub from where we directly procure fresh vegetables including potatoes and onions. Farmers from Deganga in North 24
Parganas and Dhaniakhali in Hooghly also come to Singur with their products. We take products from them directly in the early morning and transport them to our outlets," Dasgupta said.