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Empowering Farmers: Upper Damalgre Lay-By market opened along Tura – Garobadha Highway

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Ampati, Oct 19: To give opportunity to local farmers to sell their horticultural and agricultural produces, Rangsakona MLA Subir M Marak on Thursday inaugurated the Lay-By Market at Upper Damalgre under Rerapara C&RD Block of South West Garo Hills

The Lay-By Market having 24 stalls and two community halls with two separate toilet facilities for males and females was constructed at a cost of Rs. 72.51 lakh under SPA 2013-2014 sanctioned under Horticulture Department and implemented through DRDA.

Empowering Farmers: Upper Damalgre Lay-By market opened along Tura - Garobadha Highway

In his inaugural address, the Rangsakona MLA said he was privileged to inaugurate the permanent infrastructure for the local farmers with storage facilities where they can sell their agro-horti products directly to the customers without having to depend on middlemen. He urged the farmers to not only take advantage of this asset for their benefit but also protect and maintain the same. He expressed hope that this Lay-By Market would become a place of economic growth and development for both the farmers and customers, as well as the people of the area in general.

Subir Marak also suggested to the people of the area that they shift the weekly market of Upper Damalgre to this newly inaugurated infrastructure which can serve them not only as weekly market but as a regular market so that they can make optimum use of this asset.

Earlier, the DHO, Ampati, Damayansha Nongkhlaw while highlighting about the construction of the lay by market and its objectives, said that the infrastructure would serve as a common platform for marketing the indigenous and entrepreneurial products of the farmers, producers, SHGs and villagers of Damalgre area and adjoining villages.

Situated beside the Tura – Garobadha Highway the market will serve as a platform for local farmers to sell their horticultural and agricultural produces. The market will also give opportunities for people to buy local and organic produce.

The construction of the market began on August 28, 2017 and was completed on June 3, 2019.

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