Two years after its formal inauguration, the sub Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) at Moshi is yet to see any trading. Spread over 14 acres of land, the market yard has failed to attract either traders or farmers who say the location of this market is not feasible for business.
The land acquisition for the market yard in Moshi, located on the Pune-Nashik highway, was done in 1980s. Constructed at a cost of over Rs 9.5 crore, the market has 149 fruits and vegetable stalls and 70 godowns for grain traders.
The yard was supposed to be utilised for the auction of fruits, vegetables and other agro-products by farmers who find approaching the Gultekdi Market Yard difficult.
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However, since its inception, neither farmers nor traders have visited the market yard, with majority of the stalls and godowns still lying unoccupied.
Shivlal Bhosale, senior commission agent with the Gultekdi market yard, said the change in market scenario and exorbitant prices of the stalls prevented them from opening trade there.
“The market yard was supposed to be utilised by traders operating in Pimpri, Chinchwad, Khadki and other regions. However, since 2006, there has been a significant change in the scenario which has now made this market yard non-viable for business,” he said.
Other than sub-markets in the above-mentioned areas, Rajgurunagar, Manchar and Junnar too have thriving market yards, which are preferred by farmers in the near-by areas.
Bhosale also said that the administrator of the Pune APMC had tried to get the traders from Khadki and Pimpri to move there, in vain. “Traders have been operating for years together and it does not make sense in uprooting them from there.” he said. The administrator of the Pune APMC had held a series of meeting with the traders but had failed to resolve the deadlock.
Dhananjay Dhoipode, administrator of Pune APMC, agreed that the traders had refused to start auction in the Moshi Market Yard.
“We have been trying to get the traders to move in but most of them have refused, citing distance. In some cases, traders from Khadki have demanded that they be issued stalls free of cost which is not feasible,” he said. Dhoipode also said that meetings were being held to break the deadlock.