The Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) at Lasalgaon market re-opened on Thursday after the Labour Board relented to pressure and agreed to demands of the traders. Traders brought the auction of all commodities in Lasalgaon APMC to a halt on Wednesday over issues of portering and weighing charges.
The state government had instructed APMCs to increase portering and weighing charges by around 34% and announced abolition of the weighing bridge charges. After the traders refused to accept the new norms, the porters too decided not to cooperate and therefore the auction was called off for the day, APMC officials said.
Nandkumar Daga, president, Lasalgaon Onion Traders Association, said while they were not opposed to the new norms of the state government, they were against the levy of 34%, which is charged by the Labour Board on total portal and weighing charges. Daga said the issue was resolved after the Labour Board stated that they would not charge this levy on traders. At present,the weighing charges are R2.68 per quintal and total porterage of R2.12 per quintal. Onions were being sold between R3,200-3,900 per quintal on Thursday.