Adatiyas and Grain Merchants Oppose Higher Monitoring Fees in APMC Markets

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As the state government is set to levy increased supervision fees on the sale price of agricultural produce from June 1, adtiyas, grain merchants and other market people in Kalamna du Agricultural Commodities Marketing Committee (APMC) oppose this decision. The government has increased supervision fees from 5 to 10 paise.

Nagpur Wholesale Grains and Seeds Merchants Association Secretary Pratap Motwani said the government has assured adtiyas and grain merchants to bring down the existing mandi cess. “But contrary to their insurance, the state government has placed an additional burden on all of us. This will negatively affect trade in the market which is already suffering from the recent shutdowns,” he said.

Meanwhile, Director of APMC Nagpur – Prakash Wadhwani told The Hitavada that APMC is exploring possibilities to give concessionaires and grain traders a break. “We plan to reduce the mandi cess by 5 paise so that there is no additional burden for sellers and buyers,” he added.

From now on, the APMC perceives Re 1 as a cess. “If we make it 95 paise instead of Re 1, we can adjust the upside by 5 paise and there will be no additional charge for sellers and buyers,” he said.

The APMC will address the issue of begging spending cuts at its next meeting, Wadhwani said.

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