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Turmeric auction to continue at four centres

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Farmers wanted it done at a single place

A meeting in progress in Erode on Monday to discuss allocation of space for farmers at the private market. –PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
A meeting in progress in Erode on Monday to discuss allocation of space for farmers at the private market. –PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

The district administration on Monday ordered that status quo be maintained in a matter related to the conduct of turmeric auction.

The administration issued the order after conducting a tripartite meeting with the farming community, traders and officials of the regulated marketing committee.

The meeting was convened after farmers boycotted the auction at the private market demanding the allocation of adequate space to place their sample lots.

The farming community wanted the authorities to conduct the auction under a single roof. Currently the auction is taking place in four places belonging to Erode Turmeric Merchants Association, Regulated Marketing Committee, Erode and Gobichettipalayam Cooperative Marketing Societies.

Traders wanted to move the conduct of auction to a new facility built by them at Semmandampalayam.

But the regulated marketing committee was constructing an Integrated Turmeric Complex at Karumandichellipalayam and it was insisting that all the turmeric auction should be moved to the complex once the construction was over.

During the discussions at tripartite meeting, a majority of the turmeric growers wanted the auction to take place under a single-roof and they preferred to use the integrated complex at Karumandichellipalayam.

“We want the government to complete works at the complex quickly and facilitate the conduct of the auction under single-roof,” Turmeric Farmers Associations of India president P.K. Deivasigamani said.

A section of the farmers suggested that the government could also consider taking over the facility constructed by the private parties in Semmandampalayam and conduct the auctions.

This suggestion, however, was met with stiff opposition from the traders.

“We only want the government to regulate the turmeric auction. Traders are of the view that they cannot allow the government to take over a private market premises,” association president RKV Ravishankar said. Later, Revenue Divisional Officer R. Sukumar, who presided over the meeting, asked the traders and farmers to maintain the status quo.

He also asked the traders and committee authorities to provide adequate space for the farmers to place their sample lots and participate in the auction process.

The auction in three markets remained suspended on Monday. The regulated marketing committee, however, conducted the auction.

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