Maharashtra Traders, Workers on strike from July 18


Kolhapur: On Monday the vegetable and fruit buy and sell came to languish as over 300 skull loaders and buyers from the Kolhapur Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) held a one-day strike. General public are having a solid time, as vegetables and fruits are being sold at approximately twofold the wholesale rates. While tomatoes were priced at Rs18-32 a kg in the wholesale market, retailers sold it for Rs80-100 a kg. Vegetables such as carrot, cucumber, lady’s finger and cabbage are sold for Rs60-80 in the retail market, compared to the Rs5-20 a kg in the wholesale market till Saturday. Vegetable, onion, fruits traders and mathadi workers called for a day-long strike to object to the delisting of their create from the APMC Act. At there, all produce has to primary come to the APMC market, where the retailers make their purchases during the brokers in the market.

The associations of head loaders and the market merchants from crossways the state declared the strike to objection alongside the state's decision to delist fruits and vegetables from the committee's regulations. On June 28, the situation cabinet gave an in-principle support to sell farm create straight to buyers in order to maximise proceeds to farmers and eradicate middlemen. The decision will take a officially permitted form throughout the state legislative assembly session. Krishnat Chougule, leader of the head loaders, conveyed that, "The state has not in use note of our opposition previous to favorable the deregulated fruits and vegetables. We live on marginal concessions by loading and weighing cultivation produce. The conclusion is not advantageous to farmers. The administration has also unsuccessful to give fair worth to the farm produce."