Apart from procurement, planting of cotton and summer ‘moong’ pulses is a challenge for farmers in Madhya Pradesh, UP, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan because of concerns of labour shortage as well as availability of fertilizers and seeds.
The Azadpur mandi will implement one truck per one trader from Wednesday and register FIRs on traders not following it. They will also allow trade on alternate auction sheds which can impact sales.
To restrict supplies, government threatens Azadpur traders with FIRs if they get more than one truck
At a time when Centre is easing sale of vegetables and fruits by farmers, this step by the APMC is detrimental to farmers ensuring supplies to consumers, said Metharam Kriplani, president of Delhi’s Azadpur Chamber of Fruits and Vegetables Association.
Traders have sought fewer restrictions on transport and movement of grains and other food commodities by the railways.
"We are directly selling fruits and vegetables in the radius of 100 km from our sourcing centres. Apartments and housing colonies are emerging as new market for us," said Shashank Kumar, co-founder and CEO of DeHaat that caters to Big Bazaar, Spencers, More besides app based vendors.
More than 100 traders from Delhi, who get mango from South India, have given Rs 150-200 crore to farmers, said traders. Some 250 traders who buy mango from Uttar Pradesh have provided another Rs 200-250 crore as advance payment and were expected to a give a similar amount ahead of the harvest which begins in May-June, traders said.
The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd, which markets Amul milk and dairy products, reported a 17% increase in turnover to Rs 38,550 crore in the year ended March 31.
Prices of potato, dairy items and meat may rise further with cold storages running out of refrigerants. The poultry industry is in distress as they are unable to get feed for birds. Retail chains said customers continued to hoard, leaving very low stocks of staples like atta, poha, rajmaand packaged food like biscuits and instant noodles.
Farmer leaders said the situation is worse than demonetisation, which only delayed payments and did not damage the crop. But now, they said, losses will mount because it is harvest time for grapes, watermelons, bananas, muskmelon, chana, cotton, chillies, turmeric, jeera, coriander, onion and potato.
This is aimed at avoiding panic among consumers for essential food items. Twelve thousand vendors have been approved in Uttar Pradesh to home deliver essential commodities, said Devesh Chaturvedi, principal secretary, agriculture, Uttar Pradesh. In the Delhi NCR region Mother Dairy doubled its supplies of fruits and vegetable in its 310 stores to 330 tonnes.
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