The Maharashtra authorities is a number of choices to generate alternate sources of income for Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) that will battle to outlive as soon as the farm legal guidelines are totally applied within the state. A research committee has been shaped to counsel methods and means to boost revenues for market committees, Satish Soni, director of selling, Maharashtra, stated.
A round issued to market committees talks of organising solar energy initiatives throughout the environs, establishing petrol pumps and even CNG gasoline stations to allow them to generate revenues, he stated. “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 stated.
The state advertising directorate has additionally issued licences for over 70 non-public markets and 1,070 direct advertising 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 determine whether or not they wish to promote their produce in APMC mandis, non-public merchants or to farmer producer firms. Although the Supreme Court has determined to remain the implementation of farm legal guidelines, a few of the APMC officers imagine it’s only a matter of time earlier than the legal guidelines are applied. Soni is of the opinion that mandis must be ready upfront with alternate sources of revenue 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 30 days. In such a case, a solar energy challenge 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. Nearly 100 APMCs within the state are dealing with monetary issues, he stated.
Sudhir Kothari, chairman, Hinganghat APMC, identified that farmers in Maharashtra have been promoting their produce exterior APMCs from 2006-07. While initially this didn’t take off, the variety of individuals with direct advertising licences doing enterprise has elevated over the past couple of years, he stated. Although the SC has stayed the farm legal guidelines, these legal guidelines will likely be applied in some unspecified time in the future and the revenue of APMCs is certain to cut back. Therefore, measures are wanted to create alternate sources of revenue, Kothari stated, including that a number of APMCs within the state are usually not ready to pay worker salaries.