New Delhi: Amid the rumours doing rounds that there would be restrictions in vegetable markets to contain spread of coronavirus, the premier wholesale vegetable market Azadpur Mandi has clarified that they are not going to close its operations.
The officials in Azadpur Mandi Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) told City Spidey that precautionary measures have been initiated to prevent spread of deadly COVID-19 due to fear of infection, and the market will not be closed.
Adil Ahmed Khan, Chairman of APMC said, “To prevent the infection of Coronavirus, precaution and safety measures are being adopted in Azadpur Mandi, however, the market will not be closed due to the fear of infection.”
Khan also informed that sanitisers are being distributed to the businessmen and soaps have been replaced for washing the hands. “The department is closely monitoring the cleanliness in the market,” he said.
Moreover, the management of the market informed that they have been following the advisory issued by the Health Department to check the coronavirus spread.
Further, Khan assured people that there are sufficient stocks of fruits and vegetables in the market. “Retail traders are constantly picking fruits and vegetables from the market,” he stated.
Anil Kumar, vegetable wholesaler told the prices of almost all the vegetables and fruits have surged but not because of shortage in Mandi.
“Consumers have stared purchasing extra vegetables and fruits hence prices have slightly surged. Onion’s price have increased by Rs 10-25 per kg but it is happening because supply of onion was almost stopped from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. However, there is no shortage of vegetables or food in Mandi,” he said.