The proposals to set up weekly farmer markets at 17 places in Mumbai as well as 70 other places in Maharashtra have been approved by the government of Maharashtra.
It has been approved as a part of new policy of de-regulating fruits and vegetables from the APMC rules.
Already, there are about 37 markets running in the state and the government is also planning to now de-regulate the trade of grains.
As per reports, Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board has finalized 17 locations as suitable for starting markets after inspecting the 60 spaces offered by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
These markets will be open for four hours once a week.
As a consequence of these marketing reforms introduced in Maharashtra, there has been a rapid increase in the number of direct licenses being issued by the government.
The state government has also kick started the process of setting up of private markets easier.