KRRS says traders' lobby creating hurdles for online trade at APMCs

Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and Green Brigade said on Thursday that the traders’ lobby was creating hurdles for effective implementation of the online trading system at agriculture produce marketing committees (APMCs).

Though the government has been claiming that the online system has been introduced at almost all APMCs in the state, implementation has not been effective anywhere. The traders’ lobby is coming in the way of its functioning so that they can take farmers for a ride, Kodihalli Chandrashekar, president of KRRS, told reporters after attending the pre-budget meeting convened by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at Vidhana Soudha.

The online system had brought smiles on the faces of the farmers. It had enabled the farmers to free themselves from the clutches of middlemen. For instance, copra prices had shot up to Rs 19,000 per quintal from Rs 9,000 soon after the system was introduced. Of late, the online system is not functioning effectively and the APMC officials are turning a blind eye, he charged.

However, Siddaramaiah earlier told representatives of various farmers’ organisations that the online system had been working effectively and helped lakhs of farmers get judicious price for their produce at APMCs. The online system, first introduced in Karnataka, is being emulated by many states in the country, he added.

This apart, almost all farmers’ leaders demanded that the government should announce complete waiver of farm loans in view of severe drought in the state. “We are not bothered what the Union government does. The state government should do its duty and waive of the farm loan,” Maruti Manpade of Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha said.

The representatives raised slogans on the corridors of the Vidhana Soudha, demanding loan waiver.
DH News Service

Farmers’ key demands
Complete waiver of farm loans
Rs 25,000 compensation per acre of crop loss
Introduction of online trading at all APMCs
Fix procurement price for milk at Rs 40/litre
Introduction of uniform power supply policy

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