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Mango growers need a spacious market to reap the benefits of a good harvest.
Mango growers need a spacious market to reap the benefits of a good harvest.

In the absence of facilities, growers sell the fruit on the roadside

SRINIVASPUR, the largest mango producing region of the State, is set to have a planned marketing spot. The Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) yard at Srinivaspur in Kolar district will host mango trading from the next season.

Although the region stands first in mango production, growers and traders have to sell their produce on the roadside. Although a separate APMC was set up in Srinivaspur more than two decades ago, mango traders were not given a spot in the yard. Repeated pleas went in vain and successive elected bodies of the APMC failed in resolving the crisis. The spurt in the mango trade during the season has seen problems such as traffic jams in Srinivaspur town as dozens of trucks have to be parked on the roadside. Dumping of rotten fruits on the open ground has become a health hazard to the citizens.

In view of these problems, the present APMC, headed by chairman B.N. Chandra Reddy, cancelled the allotment of large yard sites to 47 traders and decided to allot them to all the 96 registered mango traders. However, the traders, who had the larger sites, took the issue to court. The Karnataka High Court has twice rejected the pleas of these traders and upheld the move by APMC body, paving the way for providing opportunities to mango traders at the yard. Since the legal hurdles were cleared, the committee has launched developmental activities at a cost of Rs. 1 crore. It includes construction of drains and roads. It has already got the sanction for four acres of land from the Deputy Commissioner for expansion purposes.

Mr. Reddy says the APMC must “protect interests of all farmers and traders”. The construction of the stalls is likely to be completed by the next mango season.

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