Panaji (Agencies): A day after Belgaum-based wholesale vegetable traders in Karnataka, began their non-cooperation with Goa government, the state has planned not to let its subsidised vegetable scheme get affected.

"We will discuss the matter with Chief Minister and in no way the supply would be allowed to be affected," said Sankulp Amonkar, chairman of Goa Horticulture Corporation Limited.

The Corporation is suspicious of wholesalers in Belgaum, a destination from where major chunk of vegetables is brought to Goa, after they decided not to cooperate and blacklist it.

"We have successfully managed to provide fruits and vegetables to common men in subsidised rates," he said adding that onions were provided as cheap as Rs 25 per kg to the consumers when prices were rising.

Corporation officials said Goa government had bled for Rs 2.18-crore during the onion crisis, while the chairman said he will be seeking police protection to trucks transporting vegetables.

"If wholesalers from Belgaum refuse to co-operate with us then there are several other destinations, which can be explored to get the vegetables. At no cost, the scheme to provide subsidised vegetables should be stopped," he informed.

The Corporation receives 120 tonnes of vegetables daily from Belgaum which includes 40 tonnes of onion, distributed through 350-odd outlets.

Sources said the lobbies of vegetable vendors from Belgaum, who have set their foot in the market of Goa, are opposing the Corporation, which has provided employment exclusively to locals.

Few vendors had paid visit to Belgaum on Saturday provoking the wholesalers, which triggered the crisis, they said.

The vegetable vendors were reportedly angered after Corporation began selling fruits at a lesser price through the outlets, which affected their business.