Director horticulture to be sole authority to issue unified licenses for trade in Mandis across JK: Admin

Kashmiri farmers thrashing paddy on an iron drum to separate seeds from panicle. [FPK File Photo/ Amir Bin Rafi]

Jammu: The Administrative Council (AC) which met under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved ‘Regulations for the functioning of agriculture markets across the UT of Jammu and Kashmir’.

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, JK attended the meeting.

The Jammu and Kashmir Agriculture Produce and Market Committee (APMC) Act, 1997 ceased to exist after the operation of JK State Reorganization Act- 2019.

This Board will manage and regulate the established Mandies in JK and will remove the operational difficulties faced due to non-existing of statutory mechanism as on date. The Board will be headed by the ACS, APD and will have representatives of Mandies and Food Associations as Members as also other official members.

In terms of the new mechanism, Director Horticulture Planning and Marketing, J&K to declare any CA Store, Cold Store, Ware House with above 3 ton capacity and cooperatives/FPOs/SHGs, Store centers as sub-yards of Mandies for purpose of doing trade on e-Nam platforms and for making e-payments on the e-Nam Portal.

Director, Horticulture (Planning and Marketing), JK will be the sole Authority to issue unified licenses for carrying out trade in any Mandi in the UT of JK. It has a provision to allow outside JK traders to do trade on the e-Nam with the growers and traders of JK. For this purpose, the Director, of Horticulture (Planning and Marketing), is allowed to recognize the licenses issued by the outside APMCs as valid licenses for doing trade on e-Nam portal on mutual understanding basis with other States/UTs.


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