Solan: Solan fFruit and vegetable market, known for its garlic market, has reported a record Rs 2.87 crore trade this season as the crop is still pouring here from different parts of Solan, Shimla, Mandi and Sirmaur districts. Farmer are getting good price due to lean crop in other regions owing to long dry spell this season.
General secretary of Solan Marketing Committee, Purshotam Verma, said that this year the market has registered arrival of 865 tonnes of garlic. He said that compared to last year, farmers are getting double the price. He added that most of the crop is coming from Rajgarh area of Sirmaur district. He said that after opening of the market complex at Solan, traders from Chandigarh are thronging here.
The crop is mostly grown by small and marginal farmers having small holdings. He also said that farmers also benefited after launching of crop insurance scheme in the state. Earlier the crop often got destroyed due to adverse weather conditions.
It is worthwhile to mention that Solan is also known as Mushroom City due to large-scale production of button mushroom besides contributing large supply of tomato, cabbage and capsicum to various markets in north India.