NORMAL FUNCTIONING resumed at Sanyogitaganj Anaj Mandi on Saturday a day after a dispute between traders and farmers had shut down the Mandi for over three hours. Agitated farmers on Friday evening had locked the gates and prevented any vehicle from entering or exiting the Mandi premises.
According to reports, trouble began when auction prices of Kabuli channa and some other commodities crashed in the afternoon due to increase in supply. This upset the farmers who had arrived late, and after a brief argument with the traders they locked both the gates. Farmers staged a demonstration for over three hours and even prevented the police from entering the premises.
Although SDM P S Bagga and Krishi Upaj Mandi secretary Nilay Satbhaiyya tried to broker peace, both groups were trading accusations and were in no mood to relent. The dispute was finally resolved late in the evening after administration pacified both groups separately.
Satbhaiyya told Hindustan Times that the sudden fall in prices of certain commodities due to increase in supply-upset farmers and this was the root cause of the trouble.
He refuted charges of irregularities in weighing the produce and said 50 electronic weighing scales had already been installed on the premises and 50 more would soon be installed.
“We have told both traders and farmers that a deal once struck should not be cancelled. The traders need to check the quality of produce before striking the deal, and if farmers are not satisfied with the prices they should not strike the deal,” he said.
Friday’s incident follows another minor dispute at Mandi on Thursday.