Commission agents' protest affects business at APMC

Kolar-Bangalore Road blocked till noon; Traffic comes to standstill


UP IN ARMS: Commission agents staging proest in APMC yard in Kolar on Sunday. DH Photo

The business was affected as they resorted to flash protest, opposing the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee’s decision to prevent them from receiving commission from the farmers.

Following complaints stating that the commission agents took eight per cent commission from the farmers, the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee had instructed the commission agents not to receive commission from the farmers, instead they were asked to take commission from the buyers. Though the commission agents had agreed to this, on Sunday they staged a protest suddenly, refusing to purchase tomato from the farmers.

Farmers’ support

Meanwhile, the farmers, who were taken aback by this sudden turn of event, also joined hands with commission agents in protest against the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee.

Superintendent of Police Puttaswamy and Tahsildar Mangala rushed to the spot and held a meeting with the protesters. After the meeting the agents withdrew their protest.

When contacted Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee Assistant Director Ramesh told Deccan Herald that the commission agents had not paid market fee. They had instigated the farmers to stage protest against the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee, the assistant director said.

Traffic affected

Meanwhile, the vehicular movement on Kolar-Bangalore Road was affected as the protesters blocked the road till afternoon. Some of the protesters threw tomatos on the officials.

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