Shimla: Unable to move the Delhi government into enforcing the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act in Azadpur fruit and vegetable market, the Himachal government intends to set up a separate market at Kundli in Haryana in the national capital region.
Horticulture minister Narinder Bragta stated that the government plans to set a separate ‘subzi mandi’ at Kundli in Haryana.
“The state is taking the step because of the raw treatment being meted out to Himachali fruit and vegetables growers in Asia’s biggest subzi mandi at Azadpur,” said Bragta.
The fruit and vegetable market at Kundli would be set up in about 14,000 square yard land area, which is owned by the state government, he said.
The proposed market would meet long term needs of farmers from Himachal, Uttrakhand and Jammu and Kashmir, who are meted out a raw deal by commission agents based in the Azadpur market, he added.
He said that controlled atmosphere stores will be set up in proposed Subzi Mandi and it will act as main sales centre for entire Himachali fruits, vegetables, floriculture and other organic products.
The model APMC Act would be implemented in this subzi mandi and no commission will be charged from farm producers.
The APMC Act have been made specifically responsible for ensuring complete transparency in pricing system and transactions taking place in market area; providing market-led extension services to farmers; ensuring payment for agricultural produce sold by farmers on the same day; promoting agricultural processing including activities for value addition in agricultural produce; and publicizing data on arrivals and rates of agricultural produce brought into the market area for sale.
The state government would continue its fights for justice and will again take up the case of waiving of commission from growers at the Azadpur subzi mandi by asking the Delhi government to implement its commitments to implement model APMC Act.
The issue of overcharging commission from present rate of 6 per cent to 8 per cent will be taken up with Delhi Government and Azadpur Mandi Authorities.
Since the Delhi government is not interested in protecting interests of fruit growers, the state government is exploring all other options, he added.
We are contemplating of filing a case in the Delhi High Court to issue direction to Delhi Government for implementation of the model APMC Act in Delhi areas, said Bragta.
The Act has been implemented in entire country but the Delhi Government is acting under the influence of the traders lobby and is backtracking time and again on this issue, he said.