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Mysore is veg bowl for neighbouring Kerala

MYSORE: Kerala and Mysore have one thing in common which they have been promoting: tourism. But people in God’s Own Country are increasingly depending on Mysore for commodities.Mysore has emerged as the main supplying point for Keralites across the border, for vegetables, fruits and groceries. This dependence has spurred farmers to switch to vegetable farming in areas bordering Kerala. It is also giving a booster dose to the local economy.Though Mysore is 150 km, Keralities in the border towns prefer getting their supplies from the city. “More than 100 trucks carrying 1,500 tonnes of groceries and vegetables ply to the neighbouring state,” said Ramesh, market superintendent at the APMC yard here.

“Earlier, it was more of vegetables. Now, even groceries like sugar, dal, chilli and rice are picked up by Kerela-based traders,” he added.Y S Basavaraj, who runs a wholesale shop at the yard, said farmers and traders say there is a big demand in Kerala for their produce. According to him, 80% of the vegetable grown here are supplied to Kerala. “Since vegetables are not grown locally, Keralites depend on border areas of Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts,” he said.He added that 70 trucks laden with vegetables travel to Kerala every day except Saturday, which is holiday for APMC. “A purchaser from Kerala comes to the yard and loads the necessary vegetables. He supplies the same to wholesale dealers there. The market rate generally depends on demand-supply, and not on seasons,” he said.Another reason for such a demand is logistics. The perishable commodity can be shipped to Kerala within 24 hours after the purchase. “It’s a decadelong association which is growing,” commission agent Chandrakanth said. He has been working at the yard since 1969. He added that all types of veggies are supplied to the neighbouring state, with cabbage and tomato being in great demand. Daily, about 1,000 tonne of vegetables of all kinds are supplied.Vegetables are supplied from Hunsur, Chamarajanagar and HD Kote taluks. Traders from Kerala buy the produce directly from farmers in border areas.

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