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Trader tests +ve, Mumbai APMC to shut down

Fruit, vegetable, onion and potato markets will stay closed from April 11 until further notice.

Concerned about the rising number of Covid-19 instances and other folks now not following social distancing regulations, the Maharashtra executive on Thursday decided to shut down three wholesale markets in APMC from April 11.

Fruit, vegetable, onion and potato markets at Mumbai Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Vashi will stay closed until further notice. The decision was taken after a spice trader, who owns a shop in the market, examined sure for coronavirus on Wednesday. Since then, three wholesale market associations have been difficult that the markets be shut down.

AK Chavan, secretary of Vashi APMC, stated: “We had saved all 5 wholesale markets open since the lockdown was introduced to ensure stable provide of fruits, greens, potatoes and onions within the retail markets. Now, now we have asked the agents to facilitate the supply of those crucial items from farmers to the retail consumers in Mumbai. APMC will toughen the farm-to-retail chain all through this time.”

In the ultimate week of March, the APMC had shuttered down however was later forced to renew operations by means of the government as other folks had been struggling for necessities. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and the APMC management, at the side of the Konkan divisional commissioner, had decided to display screen the incoming cars, disinfect them and also display screen other folks entering the markets. But past the doorway, other folks didn’t apply social distancing; neither did they use masks and gloves. This had dissatisfied buyers, workers and their unions as a result of the high-risk doable.

Nearly 50,000 other folks talk over with the 5 APMC markets each day. Narendra Patil, a leader of the Mathadi workers, advised Mumbai Mirror, “APMC will make a decision within the next two days whether or not to stay markets promoting spices, dry fruits, pulses and grains, open.”

Vegetable market in Byculla was shut from Thursday (Photo by means of Deepak Turbhekar)

Market professionals are saying that the government will have to facilitate on-line sale of fruits, greens, potatoes and onions to assist each the consumers and the farmers.

APMC is the apex body of more than 300 APMCs within the state and around 2,200 big cars come to Vashi APMC with agricultural produce from rural Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. It caters to retailers and the resort business.

In parts of Sion, Matunga, Dadar, Thane and Chembur side road distributors promoting vegetables and vegetable markets are allowed to function handiest within the morning. This has left consumers inconvenienced. “If big shops and medical stores may also be saved open for a long time, then what’s the problem with preserving small markets open? Since I can't go to the bigger market on a Chunabhatti ground because it’s slightly far off, I'm dependent at the distributors close to my house. If they're shutting down APMC markets, how do we get greens?” requested a distraught Rupa Kadam from Sion who is operating from house.

Meanwhile, vegetable markets have been shut in G(south) ward in Worli, E ward in Byculla, D ward in Malabar Hill, Ok(west) ward in Andheri, Vile Parle and Juhu, H(east) ward in Bandra, Khar and Santacruz (east) and P (north) ward in Malad from Thursday. A circular, already issued in D and G south wards, states that side road distributors won’t be allowed to function from April 9-14. Strict motion will be taken if any side road vendor is stuck promoting greens and fruits all through this period. However, authorized shops and supermarkets are out of doors the purview of this ban as long as they follow social distancing norms. However, M (west) ward in Chembur issued a circular that side road distributors and markets handiest around containment zones will be shut down. —Inputs from Linah Baliga

Nearly 50,000 other folks talk over with the 5 APMC markets each day

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