Coronavirus: Gujarat govt asks APMCs to resume grain supply operations

Large quantities of oilseeds, spices, grains and pulses have piled up with farmers amidst the current harvest season
Gujarat government on Wednesday asked all the Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) to resume auctions of grains and pulses to restore supply chain. 

APMCs had earlier voluntarily discontinued auctions of grains and pulses at the markets since these were non-perishables, while auctions for vegetables and fruits were on. 

However, now in the wake of the 21 days nation-wide lockdown, the state government issued a notification to all APMCs asking them to resume auctions for even grains and pulses so that supply at groceries is not hit.

"All APMCs engaged in the auctions of food agri commodities such as grains, pulses and oilseeds, among others are to resume their operations. For this they are asked to maintain required safety measures, avoid overcrowding and maintain hygiene prescribed by the government amid COVID-19 outbreak. These APMCs are advised to seek a guidance from the local authorities for the same, " according to the notification issued on Wednesday. 

Large quantities of oilseeds, spices, grains and pulses have piled up with farmers amidst the current harvest season. 


Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel