KATHMANDU, Jan 21: The Food Management and Trading Company Ltd (FMTC) has announced its plan to sell essential goods from mobile vans soon. The FMTC plans to purchase two mobile vans which will be used to sell essential goods like rice, sugar, pulse and even induction stoves. The FMTC plans to purchase compact size vans to easily navigate the alleys in the capital.
According to Sharmila Subedi Neupane, the spokesperson for FMTC, the budget to purchase two mobile vans is Rs six million. “We have disbursed the budget of Rs six million to buy two mobile vans and right now we are initiating the procedures to purchase the mobile vans.”
According to the officials of FMTC, the main purpose of the mobile vans is to spread awareness amongst the consumers about the various items sold by FMTC. Previously, FMTC had three trucks which were used in selling various essential items. But out of the three, only one truck remain in operation due to lack of timely maintenance.
“As most people are unaware about the various services provided by FMTC, the mobile vans will play an important role to create publicity in the market about products sold by FMTC. The van will have rates of each and every product, which will be comparatively lower than the market rate so that the people will be aware about the products sold by FMTC,” said Sharmila.
The FMTC is still using its lone truck as a mobile shop for now. According to the officials, the truck has been doing a daily business of Rs 50,000. The FMTC was formed after merger of two state-owned entities – National Trading Ltd (NTL) and Nepal Food Corporation (NFC) in August, 2019. The state-owned entity runs fair shops across the country ahead of Dashain, Tihar and Chhath festival.