The Maharashtra authorities is a number of choices to generate alternate sources of income for Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) which will battle to outlive as soon as the farm legal guidelines are totally carried out within the state. A examine committee has been fashioned to recommend methods and means to boost revenues for market committees, Satish Soni, director of promoting, Maharashtra, stated.
A round issued to market committees talks of organising solar energy tasks throughout the environs, establishing petrol pumps and even CNG gasoline stations to allow them to generate revenues, he stated. “The committee, which includes stakeholders from the APMCs and the state authorities, will try to recommend measures to extend earnings of APMCs. This might embody solar energy tasks, petrol pumps and another measures instructed by the committee,” he stated.
The state advertising and marketing directorate has additionally issued licences for over 70 non-public markets and 1,070 direct advertising and marketing licences (DMLs) which may additionally pose a risk to APMCs.
Maharashtra has 307 APMCs, a lot of that are struggling to outlive. With new farms launched by the Centre, farmers now have the choice to resolve whether or not they wish to promote their produce in APMC mandis, non-public merchants or to farmer producer corporations. Though the Supreme Courtroom has determined to remain the implementation of farm legal guidelines, among the APMC officers consider it’s only a matter of time earlier than the legal guidelines are carried out. Soni is of the opinion that mandis should be ready upfront with alternate sources of earnings to have the ability to proceed to run effectively.
Arvind Jagtap, secretary, Baramati APMC, identified that electrical energy invoice of the APMC is Rs 1 lakh per thirty days. In such a case, a solar energy undertaking will assist the APMC save these bills, he stated. Jagtap stated APMCs might want to put their act collectively to be compete as soon as markets open up. Practically 100 APMCs within the state are going through monetary issues, he stated.
Sudhir Kothari, chairman, Hinganghat APMC, identified that farmers in Maharashtra have been promoting their produce exterior APMCs from 2006-07. Whereas initially this didn’t take off, the variety of folks with direct advertising and marketing licences doing enterprise has elevated during the last couple of years, he stated. Though the SC has stayed the farm legal guidelines, these legal guidelines will likely be carried out in some unspecified time in the future and the earnings of APMCs is certain to cut back. Subsequently, measures are wanted to create alternate sources of earnings, Kothari stated, including that a number of APMCs within the state will not be able to pay worker salaries.