Enraged by soybean theft, traders make auction stop



  • Three days time was given to improve arrangements

Chronicle Reporter, Sehore
Thieves stole 35 sacks of soyabean last night by uprooting the bed sheet of a merchant's shop in the Agricultural Produce Market, which has become synonymous with chaos. The incident created an atmosphere of anger among the grain traders and they refused to participate in the auction. As a result, the auction remained closed for two hours and the farmers continued facing trouble. After getting the information, SDM Aman Mishra reached the spot and started the auction by persuading the traders. The traders union has given an ultimatum to rectify the clutter in the market in three days by handing over a memorandum to the Mandi management and administration.
Significantly, the district's nodal agricultural produce market remains synonymous with chaos. Due to the lack of security personnel, incidents of theft keep happening here. Apart from this, due to filth and lack of boundary wall in the market, the movement of cattle enrages the traders. In the same sequence, last night 35 bags of soyabean were stolen from the shop of grain trader Srikamala Industry in Mandi premises. In protest against which, on Thursday, the market traders refused to participate in the auction and opened a front against the system of the market administration.
Distressed farmers also got angry
The farmers who came to the Mandi with their produce got upset due to the traders suddenly stopping the auction work. When the auction did not start for a long time, they also started making a ruckus. The Mandi management tried to start the auction by persuading the traders, but the traders were so agitated about the chaos that they flatly refused to participate in the auction. After getting information about the matter, SDM Aman Mishra reached the spot and discussed with the traders. Under the leadership of Harish Rathore, the President of the Traders Association, the traders drew their attention to the many long-standing problems in the Agricultural Produce Market and refused to participate in the auction until all these problems were resolved. SDM Mishra assured to rectify all the problems soon, then the traders agreed to participate in the auction.
Three days ultimatum
By submitting a memorandum to the management of the Agricultural Produce Market, the traders association has given an ultimatum of 3 days for the construction of boundary wall, adequate security and cleaning arrangements. Traders say that if these irregularities are not rectified, then from coming December 5, the traders association will not participate in the auction.
 Control room set up for farmers
Under the Kharif procurement year 2022-23, paddy, juar and millet will be procured till January 16, 2023, at the support price. Arrangements have been made to pay the crop earned through PFMS in the Aadhaar linked bank account of the farmers. Under this arrangement, a control room at the district level has been set up in the food branch of the collector's office to solve the technical problems in procurement and payment. The control room will remain open from 10 am to 6 pm. In which the duty of clerk Ravi Jharia and data entry operator Ramesh Yadav of District Cooperative Central Bank has been imposed. Both the employees will solve the problems and complaints faced by the farmers of the district on daily basis and will consult and act on the farmers after getting the latest information regarding the payment of the farmers on the e-procurement portal and JIT portal. Along with this, complaints related to earnings will also be resolved on the CM Helpline portal.