Special Correspondent

Kozhikode: Produce merchants have demanded an end to “undeclared power cuts.” The demand was made in a resolution adopted by the 67th annual general body meeting of the Malabar Produce Merchants’ Association on Saturday.

The resolution also demanded exemption for sick industrial units from paying minimum electricity charges every month.

Turn system decried

In another resolution, the association demanded withdrawal of the turn system which had been enforced for using lorries to transport their goods to markets outside the State.

The resolution pointed out that the turn system of transportation that prevailed only in Kozhikode city had created a situation in which the traders had to pay “exorbitant transportation charges” for transporting their produce to distant markets since they had no say in choosing the lorry for their requirement.

There had been instances of traders not getting lorries to transport goods, the produce merchants association said in a resolution demanding withdrawal of the system

Sulphur licence

In another resolution, the produce merchants association complained that licences for purchasing sulphur were not being renewed. Sulphur is used as a protection for copra, arecanut and dry ginger from fungal attack. There had been no action on applications submitted to the District Collector in December 2006 for renewal of licences to purchase sulphur, the association complained.

The annual general body of the association held on Saturday also adopted resolutions demanding quick action to prevent unauthorised parking of goods-laden lorries on the road near the beach.