On the occasion of 70th Independence Day, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on August 15 opened a farmers’ market on the premises of the state legislative building.
What is special about this market is that it directly links farmers to the consumers and cuts out the traders in between.
Till about a month back the farmers had to mandatorily sell their agricultural produce to the marketing committees (APMC) which used to give them control as a middleman.
The market will stock around 35 tonnes of vegetables produced by farmers from Junnar in Pune district, Palghar, and Thane and will also give them direct access to the consumers.
Buying vegetable himself, Fadnavis said efforts will also be made to have other premises of government offices to establish similar direct markets.
The move comes in just a month after the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government freed the sale of vegetables and fruits from the purview of the archaic Maharashtra Agriculture Produce Marketing (Regulation) Act which gave the middlemen power to regulate price while farmers earned nothing.
There are about 40 stalls at this market which will trade every Sunday between 9am and 3pm.