Taking a serious cognizance of the Marketing Act violations by some commission agents, chairman of Solan Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Ramesh Thakur has asked traders to deal in a fair manner, failing which their licences would be cancelled in larger interest of the farming community.
Talking to mediapersons on Tuesday, Thakur along with other APMC members said until now they had not received any complaint regarding the violations of the law or cheating by commission agents during sale and purchase of apples in Solan and Parwanoo marketing yard. The detection of a single case by special flying squad of the State Marketing Board could be an isolated incident.
Appealing the growers to file written or oral complaint concenring violations or cheating, Thakur said since an advocate has filed a petition before the court to remove the trading practice by commission agents on the National Highway, the apple market would be shifted to Kandaghat next year.
The APMC has already identified 100 bighas of land near Kanadaght for the purpose.
The chairman added a resolution to this effect has already been sent to the board, besides, similar resolution to provide 16 extra employees through outsourcing has also been sent to keep strict watch on the traders during apple and vegetable season.
Thakur said owing to efforts of APMC, the committee generated Rs 2.5 crores last year while this year the figure has touched Rs 2 crore.
A total of 36 lakh apples boxes were sold in Parwanoo and Solan marketing complexes last year and nearly around 25 lakh apple boxes had been sold during the current apple season.