Coronavirus lockodwn: Vegetable, grain mandis limp back to normalcy

Agricultural markets (mandis) have began reopening in lots of components of the nation every week after the nationwide lockdown was imposed. However, the method has been gradual and operations have been disrupted at some centres.

Those mandis which have continued to function have launched security measures for employees, and restrictions on arrivals and provides to keep away from crowding.

However, reviews have come from throughout the nation that farmers have dumped their produce after being unable to ship them to mandis or use them as animal feed. In Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, oilseed provides have been affected and, therefore, oil crushing models have sought permission to purchase immediately from farmers.

In Mumbai, the Vashi vegetable mandi has been functioning however has adopted a system to maintain crowds away by instituting completely different timings for arrivals and dispatches. The grain mandi has diminished crowds by a fifth by a novel technique of supplying and receiving items on alternate days.

“At least 15,000 people enter the market yard every day, which is impossible to handle. We, therefore, have decided to limit entry,” Sushil Singatkar, director of Vashi Agricultural Produce Market Committee assembly (APMC).

The APMC in Wardha is planning to open buying and selling for foodgrain on Friday. “To maintain social distancing, we are going to book sell orders in lots of 10 farmers at a time and allow 10 buyers to attend the auction,” stated Shyam Bhimraoji Karlekar, chairman of Wardha APMC.

The Lasalgaon APMC in Maharashtra, Asia’s greatest marketplace for onions, was shut for the vacations and has remained closed after a Covid-19 affected person was recognized in a close-by village. “The administration has asked us to comply with the lockdown as all villages near the mandi have been quarantined. Since this coincides with the financial year end, the market yard will remain closed till the next order from the government,” stated Narendra Wadhvane, secretary of the APMC.


In Gujarat, the sale of contemporary and fruits has been comparatively immune to the lockdown, whereas the affect has been felt extra on sale of grains, pulses and edible oil. “We are seeing day by day arrivals with minimal affect. As towards 17,000 quintals of contemporary day by day, arrivals have diminished to 15,000 quintals,” stated Dipak Patel, secretary of Ahmedabad APMC.

However, grains and pulses have seen some affect since stock is falling and new arrivals will take time to attain markets.

“Auction of grains and pulses at APMCs is closed. The harvest is ready in the fields but workers are not available. Supply line has also been affected because transport has been moving slow as a result of the lockdown. There was some supply from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, which has stopped. However, there is no scarcity yet. For instance, wheat is available in the government’s warehouses, but private warehouses are empty,” stated Ramesh Saraf, president of All Gujarat Roller Flour Mill Association.

In the Saurashtra area, cities like Rajkot have seen groundnut oil costs shoot up to Rs 2,270 per 15 kg tin. According to APMC sources, oil crushing has nearly closed due to which groundnut arrivals have stopped. National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (Nafed) has discontinued auctions and at present has 600,000 tonnes of groundnut inventory.

Tamil Nadu

The state has permitted resumption of operations over the previous few days, and vegetable arrivals have doubled on the Koyambedu wholesale market in Chennai since then.

However, the issue is onward provide to retailers as farmers proceed to ship in bulk. Chandran, president of the Koyambedu Market Licensed Merchants’ Association, stated outflow had declined drastically after the lockdown was introduced.

Only 30 per cent of arrivals have been being bought, with the remaining going to waste and each farmers and merchants struggling losses. Labour scarcity is one other problem dealing with the markets, because the variety of employees has diminished to simply round 1,000, down from 10,000 earlier, and prices have quadrupled as nicely.


Perhaps for the primary time since 2007, when the state suspended the APMC Act, farmers in Bihar are dealing with a disaster of not having a centralised place to promote produce in although there may be demand. As a outcome, farmers at many areas are throwing away greens or utilizing them as animal feed. Wheat procurement has been delayed and mills will not be ready to produce or provide wheat flour, inflicting shortage in retail markets and a rise in costs. The authorities has intervened to normalise costs.


As the agriculture market yards have been shut throughout the state, the federal government has made alternate preparations to buy paddy, maize and different produce within the present rabi season immediately from farmers at their villages or designated authorities buy centres.

The authorities has prolonged mortgage ensures price of Rs 25,000 crore for procurement of paddy and one other Rs 3,000 crore for buy of maize from farmers within the subsequent couple of months. This has helped keep provides of necessities like greens.

All the devoted vegetable and fruit markets in Hyderabad have been stored open permitting farmers to immediately convey produce from neighboring districts with none hindrance. Vegetable costs have been additionally below verify due to good provides.

Delhi, Punjab and Haryana

The lockdown has hit provide of vegatables and fruits on the Asia’s greatest agriculture market at Azadpur within the nationwide capital. Although, central and state authorities companies have taken steps to ease the intra and interstate motion of agricultural and horticultural produce, the state of affairs is way from regular.

“Business in Azadpur mandi is down by over 50 per cent. The bulk of our supply comes from Maharashtra and over the past week there has been a significant drop in the number of trucks coming from the state,” Rohit Chawla of Chawla Fresh Vegetables, Azadpur, stated. The state of affairs was kind of comparable in mandis of neighbouring Punjab and Haryana. “The arrival of agricultural produce from UP has also come down while demand was already fallen,” stated Gyanchand of Gyanchand & Sons, Azadpur.

West Bengal

At Posta Bazar in Kolkata, outlets are opening on rotational foundation as deliberate by the mandi. While there isn’t a contemporary provide of foodgrain and pulses and different important meals objects from exterior the state, in accordance to Chandan Chakraborti, president of the Posta Bazar Merchants’ Association, the market has sufficient shares to cater for the following 15 days. He stated availability of labourers was a giant downside.

(Reporting by Dilip Kumar Jha, Vinay Umarji, TE Narasimhan, Virendra Singh Rawat, Dasarath Reddy, Namrata Acharya)

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