The State Trading Organization (STO) has announced its plan to purchase produce directly from farmers through an AgriCenter.
STO’s Managing Director Hussain Amr notes this will be achieved through an AgriCenter the corporation is currently working on setting up.
While speaking with local media, STO frontman confirms the largest state-owned enterprise have commenced preparations on various initiatives to develop the island nation’s agricultural sector.
Moreover, Mr Amr added the corporation was equipped and ready to purchase local produce directly from the farmers.
The planned AgriCenter will be set-up to facilitate direct sale of purchase by the farmers.
Farmers will be required to fill up registrations which will be made available through STO’s website and through their outlets and pharmacies.
Registered farmers will receive a unique ID within 3 days.
STO advises farmers to label their produce correctly before loading onto carrier vessels and notify the company via its hotline.
Moreover, STO confirms its collection points will only receive produce in good condition, adding it will reject damaged produce.
Farmers will receive notification of the sale via sms, and they will receive the payment within 2 working days.