Mysore, Mar. 12 (MTY&DM)- The HOPCOMS is soon going to modernise some of its outlets in the city in order to provide modern facilities to customers on the lines of private company outlets such as Reliance Fresh.

Informing this at a press meet at Patrakartara Bhavan this morning, HOPCOMS Managing Director B.S. Raju said that HOPCOMS is running profitably. It has been selling 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables at a cheaper price to consumers, after directly purchasing them from farmers. HOPCOMS has 1700 members from Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts. Apart from selling fresh vegetables and fruits, it also sells dry fruits, honey, natural fruit juices, he said.

Continuing, Raju said that there are a total of 40 HOPCOMS outlets in Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts. Measures have been taken to modernize them in order to provide better service to the customers and as part of it, seven outlets in city will undergo modernization now.

The HOPCOMS processing unit near Lalitha Mahal will be renovated at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh, for which a proposal has been sent to the Government for approval. Likewise, the outlet adjoining city bus stand will be modernised at a cost of Rs. 20 lakhs.

Until now, HOPCOMS did not receive grants under National Krishi Vikas Scheme. But this year, it has been allotted grant and the money received will be utilised for taking up modernisation, he added.

The Kodagu Orange Growers Co-operative Union Limited President C.S. Arun Machaiah, who also addressed the meet, said that the Union was set up in 1942. The Union, however, slipped into losses a few years ago. Under such a situation, HOPCOMS extended its helping hand by purchasing oranges through the Union. Besides, HOPCOMS is selling the Union's other diversified products like jams, squash, tomato sauce etc., he said.

HOPCOMS former President H.T. Sudarshan, President T. Nijalingappa, Directors Prakash and Bollamma Kuttappa were present at the press meet.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore