PUNE: Amid the coronavirus lockdown crisis, the Vegetable Growers Association of India (VGAI) and Agsource Group, Pune, have joined hands to deliver vegetables and fruits to housing societies.
“Since the lockdown was announced, we decided to continue the supply of vegetables without mass gatherings at the vegetable market and are providing fresh vegetables and fruits at the clients’ doorstep. We have started supplying vegetables in cities such as Pune and Mumbai. We only take collective orders of minimum 20 baskets from residents to deliver in a particular society,” said Shriram Gadhave, President of VGAI.
Talking about difficulties due to the lockdown, he said, “At present, we have got permission for only 10 to 12 vehicles from RTO. Hence, we can only deliver at a few locations. We are looking towards expansion. But we are facing lots of problems due to the lockdown. Production is also affected as there is a labour crisis. The transportation issue is also there.”
“This initiative is a collaboration between VGAI and Agsource Group. We have also connected with the farmer-producers companies such as Krushi Urja FPC and Junnar Taluka FPC. The societies can place an order on WhatsApp. Our online portal will also go live very soon so that consumers can order online,” said Swikar Badhe of VGAI, who is monitoring this initiative.
Further throwing light into the area of service, Badhe added, “This farmer’s basket weighs around 8-9 kg and consists of around 15 vegetables at a reasonable cost of Rs 400-450. Fruits baskets are also available. We are currently delivering to around 11 societies in the city in areas such as Hinjawadi, Wagholi, Wakad, Baner, Bavdhan, Pimple Saudagar and Tathawde.”