Local products galore at the weekend market

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James kon

The recovery of the Pasar Kitani weekend market received an encouraging reception from the public yesterday.

The market, organized by the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT), will be held every Sunday from yesterday in the parking spaces of the MPRT building on Jalan Menteri Besar.

It has been interrupted since August 2021 due to the second wave of the COVID-19 epidemic in the Sultanate.

Some 46 local entrepreneurs and farmers participate in the weekend market, selling fresh produce including vegetables, fruits, poultry and agri-food products. Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong visited the market yesterday.

A local farmer said: “It is a good platform for farmers to sell their produce at an affordable price because all the produce comes directly from local farms. We hope the public will visit this market and support local products.

ABOVE AND BELOW: Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong visits market vendors. PHOTOS: JAMES KON

He added that the market highlights the importance of local agriculture, especially the need for more local youth to engage in farming businesses.

The Pasar Kitani Weekend Market is an MPRT initiative to help local farmers deliver their produce directly to consumers while promoting environmental sustainability.

The market is also a value chain distribution center for balancing import products and a platform for farmers to interact with the public and expand the market network. It is hoped that the initiative will help local farmers develop the country’s agricultural industry.

The Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food reminded visitors to adhere to standard operating procedures put in place by the Department of Health to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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