Chandigarh: Chandigarh Apple Traders of Sector 26 grain market has threatened to shift their base to Panchkula. The traders feel that UT is not accepting their demand to waive off 2 percent market fee on total sale.
Whereas there is no market fee charged from traders in Panchkula and Parwanoo, said Apple Traders Association, vice president Brij Mohan.
He said that earlier Haryana was charging 4 percent market fee from the traders and UT was charging 2 percent which was ok with the traders on Chandigarh. “But now,” said Brij Mohan, “The situation has reversed and Haryana has abolished the market fee but UT is yet to do that. We are paying around Rs 10 crores of market fee annually to UT as 2 percent of the total produce. This amount is not that very huge for UT to part with but if the same benefit is passed on to the customer, it will be beneficial.”
The traders said that this year there has been a deficit of 40 percent in Apple crop produce. The less produce was due to deficit snowfall on Apple orchard ranges of Shimla. Though it is a natural calamity but the affect is felt by the trader as well the public.
Apple grower and trader Dig Vijay said, “This year maximum crop was damaged due to hail storms in Shimla. Deficit showfall did not give enough dampness in the soil to give adequate moisture for bumper crop and of good quality. The damaged crop yield low cost and less snowfall give poorer quality crop.”
He also added that the average rate per carton of 25 kilo grams each is raging anything between Rs 400 to Rs 2000. At preset Apples from Shimla belt and Kinnaur belt have arrived at the Chandigarh market. Traders now are mulling over the Kashmir crop which they think may give them better profits to pull over this year’s loss.
“We are running into loses due to deficit produce this year due to low intensity of snowfall. The Apple from Kashmir will be arriving in the market by next week onwards and then we may get some profits. But waiving off of the 2 per cent market fee will be beneficial for both, traders as well as end consumers. We have been getting class from Mandi Board to set up shops in Panchkula.”
MLA Gian Chand Gupta welcomes traders to set up base in P’kula
“We welcome Apple traders from Chandigarh to set up their wholesale shops in Fruit and Vegetable market in Sector 21 Chandigarh. There is no market fee being charged here in Panchkula on Apple crop and we will also provide transit arrangements for the traders. All facilities will be given to Apple traders at market.”
UT is not Accepting demand to wave off 2 per cent market fee
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