Nasik to get a modern private agriculture mandi

Claimed to be India’s first

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FPC has become the first company in India to bag a license for such a private wholesale market (Unsplash)

A private agricultural mandi (wholesale market) with modern facilities, said to be India’s first, is coming up at Dindori, in Maharashtra’s Nashik district.

The Sahyadri Farmer Producer Company (FPC) has bagged the license for the market that comes up over the next three months at a cost of Rs 25 crore, a report in BusinessLine said.

It will have a 100-acre dedicated market space, and banking, storage, processing, and packaging facilities under one roof. There will be options for offline and online trading, legalization of field trade, and ownership of farmers.

The report said FPC has become the first company in India to bag a license for such a private wholesale market.

A private mandi, though, was set up in UP’s Bulandshahr for the procurement of farm produce in 2020 in the backdrop of the farmers’ protests against the agrarian reform bills, which were later withdrawn. It was set up by Agromart– owned by a Delhi-based rice export company, media reports said.

“We are ensuring that world-class infrastructure is set up at our mandi in Nashik, where farmers will have a say in trading. Auction and storage facilities are being readied. We are focusing on horticulture commodities,” Sahyadri FPC MD Vilas Shinde told BusinessLine.

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