FKCCI opposes proposal to amend APMC Act

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Amendment of the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMC) Act will adversely affect the interests of traders, farmers, consumers and people employed in the APMC yards, according to Manandi N. Suresh, president of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI).

At a press conference here on Saturday, he said there is no need to amend the Act, as the present market yards are functioning satisfactorily. Changes to the Act will not only bring in undesirable competition between foreign companies and Indian traders but also among the foreign companies in the agricultural produce business. This may be to the detriment of farmers.

The FKCCI is also apprehensive about the job security of employees of the APMC yards, he said.

Even if the Act is amended, the distribution chain would not become shorter and farmers would still not get a better price for their produce, Mr. Suresh said.

The FKCCI, traders, APMC yard employees, union of farmers and hamalis and others directly connected with the functioning of the APMC yards have decided to go on a day's strike on Tuesday if the Government refuses to withdraw the proposed amendments to the Act, he said.

They have also sought a discussion with the Government on infrastructure in the APMC yards. They want the Chief Minister to take up the matter with the Union Agricultural Minister, he said.

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