India: Punjab to waive market fees for fruit and vegetables

Taking a step forward in agriculture marketing reforms, Punjab may soon waive off market fees on fruits and vegetables, a move which iit is hoped, will benefit growers and consumers. The board of directors of the state agriculture marketing board has approved the abolition of market fees and has forwarded the proposal to the financial commissioner.

Currently, market fees are being charged at 2 per cent on the wholesale price of fruits and vegetables. In order to compensate, the agriculture marketing board is contemplating to introduce usage charges (like charges for usage of platform, electricity, water, sewerage, display etc.) per annum on traders.


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