Mandi reforms row: Traders on strike in Maharashtra

By: | Published: July 12, 2016 6:14 AM

The Maharashtra government’s move to delist fruits and vegetables from the purview of the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs) has resulted in a crossfire between traders and farmers.

Wholesale markets across Maharashtra remained shut on Monday in protest following an indefinite strike called by traders. ( Source: Reuters) Wholesale markets across Maharashtra remained shut on Monday in protest following an indefinite strike called by traders. ( Source: Reuters)

The Maharashtra government’s move to delist fruits and vegetables from the purview of the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs) has resulted in a crossfire between traders and farmers.

Wholesale markets across Maharashtra remained shut on Monday in protest following an indefinite strike called by traders and commission agents in protest against the state government’s decision to recover the commission from the farmers instead of traders as has been the practice until now.

The 302 odd APMCs remained shut on Monday and the situation threatens to get worse with traders demanding scrapping of the amendment with regard to the commission amount. APMCs are the lone platforms from which the farmers were allowed to sell so far.

The Maharashtra Rajya Bazaar Samiti Sahakari Mahasangh ( Maharashtra State Market Committees Cooperative Federation) that held a meeting in Pune on Monday has threatened to approach the high court to obtain a stay on the amendment.

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