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Coronavirus Update: Azadpur Mandi Will Not Be Closed; Fruits & Vegetables are Sufficient Says Chairman

Tooba Maher
Tooba Maher

Due to coronavirus, several precautions and safety measures are being taken in the country.  Now, the Chairman of Azadpur Mandi Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC), Adil Ahmed Khan said, “The market will not be closed due to the fear of infection.” 

He told IANS, "Sanitizers have been distributed to the businessmen & soaps have been replaced for washing the hands. We are closely monitoring the cleanliness in the market."

The advisory issued by the Health Department is being followed to prevent the spread of covid-19, but there is no question of closing the market, he added. 

Former APMC Chairman & Chairman of the Onion Merchant Association Rajendra Sharma said, “The rumor of the closure of Azadpur market is being spread, but neither the government nor the businessmen are taking any decision in this regard.” 

The fruits and vegetables are available in enough quantity in the market. There is no effect on the subscription. Retail traders are continuously picking fruits and vegetables from the market, he said. 

Another officer of Azadpur Mandi APMC informed that fruits, vegetables, and other items are regularly supplied in the mandi. Till now, there has been no impact on it. Fruits and vegetables are the everyday consumption of essential items. Therefore, the supply cannot be stopped. 

A retail vegetable businessman from Delhi stated that due to the fear of coronavirus, people have reduced the consumption of non-vegetarian food. In this situation, people are emphasizing more on pulses and vegetables. Hence, the demand for vegetables is more as people have started buying more vegetables and fruits than before. 

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