The Maharashtra government is a number of choices to generate alternate sources of income for Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) that will battle to survive as soon as the farm legal guidelines are absolutely applied within the state. A research committee has been shaped to suggest methods and means to improve revenues for market committees, Satish Soni, director of selling, Maharashtra, mentioned.
A round issued to market committees talks of setting up solar energy tasks throughout the environs, establishing petrol pumps and even CNG gasoline stations to allow them to generate revenues, he mentioned. “The committee, which comprises stakeholders from the APMCs and the state government, will attempt to suggest measures to increase income of APMCs. This could include solar power projects, petrol pumps and any other measures suggested by the committee,” he mentioned.
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 might additionally pose a risk to APMCs.
Maharashtra has 307 APMCs, a lot of that are struggling to survive. With new farms launched by the Centre, farmers now have the choice to determine whether or not they need to promote their produce in APMC mandis, non-public merchants or to farmer producer corporations. Although the Supreme Court has determined to keep the implementation of farm legal guidelines, a few of the APMC officers imagine it is just a matter of time earlier than the legal guidelines are applied. Soni is of the opinion that mandis want to 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 monthly. In such a case, a solar energy challenge will assist the APMC save these bills, he mentioned. Jagtap mentioned APMCs will want to put their act collectively to be compete as soon as markets open up. Nearly 100 APMCs within the state are going through monetary issues, he mentioned.
Sudhir Kothari, chairman, Hinganghat APMC, identified that farmers in Maharashtra have been promoting their produce outdoors APMCs from 2006-07. While initially this didn’t take off, the variety of individuals with direct advertising and marketing licences doing enterprise has elevated during the last couple of years, he mentioned. Although the SC has stayed the farm legal guidelines, these legal guidelines will likely be applied sooner or later and the earnings of APMCs is certain to scale back. Therefore, measures are wanted to create alternate sources of earnings, Kothari mentioned, including that a number of APMCs within the state will not be ready to pay worker salaries.