Chief Minister of the state Mr. Vijay Rupani has decided to re-start the APMCs in Gujarat from 15th April, 2020. The decision is the result of the successful meeting of Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Nitin Patel with administrators of the state’s market yard.
Providing details about the decision of the CM, Secretary to CM Mr. Ashwani Kumar said, “ The decision has been taken in the interest of the farmers amidst the harvesting season of Rabi crops. However, the APMCs will follow social distancing and avoid crowding of people. A five member committee headed by the District Registrar is formed to ensure the same and will also include chairman of respective APMC among its members.”
“Farmers wanting to sell their produceneed to first register themselves with the committee, which will then ask a specific number of farmers to visit the market yard on a specific date with just a sample of their agri produce. This will enable us to ensure social distancing, as only a limited number of farmers will remain present on a given date. After inspecting the samples, traders will place orders with farmers. Instead of asking a farmer to bring his entire produce to an APMC, the trader concerned will collect it from his farm.Alternatively, farmers can transport the produce to godowns of traders. This will eliminate the possibility of crowding at market yards” added the Secretary.
Each and everyone engaged in the work at APMC and the farmers shall strictly wear a mask, gloves and use a sanitiser. Everyone entering the yard will be checked through a digital infrared gun for body temperature.
Providing details regarding the essential items, he said “ 45.88 lakh liters of milk has been sold. 58,599 quintals of vegetables and 10,090 quintals of fruits are available in the market. 1 crore 19 lakh food packets have been distributed for the aged and helpless living alone and to those in need. 8 lakh 41 thousand of such packets were distributed on Monday alone ( 13th April, 2020).
Source: Information Department, Gujarat