In a major move aimed at dismantling the monopoly of the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), Maharashtra became the second state after Bihar to allow trade in farm commodities including livestock outside the regulated wholesale markets or mandis, The Indian Express reported. The Maharashtra Agriculture Produce Marketing (Development and Regulation) Act, 1963 was amended through an ordinance by the Maharashtra government on October 25.
The existing APMC jurisdiction made it mandatory for the farmers to sell their crops in mandis within a geographically delineated market area. However, the supervisory powers of APMCs are now restricted after the amendment. It now allows sale of produce only within its own principal market yard, sub-market yard and market sub-yard. The APMC shall from now onwards not regulate marketing of agricultural produce and livestock in its delineated market area, the amendment said.