21 April, 2018
Haryana will be hosting the next World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) Conference at Gurugram in the month of October this year as an agreement in this regard has been signed between Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, O.P . Dhankar and Don Donald Chairman, WUWM at Barcelona.
A high-level delegation led by Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr O.P Dhankar is on its visit to Barcelona, Spain to attend the WUWM Conference and study the best market practices. The WUHM is an International Organisation of 65 countries having members of around 200 Wholesale Markets across the World. It has its Four Regional Groups for Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. This is the only apex organization dealing exclusively in Agricultural Produce Wholesale Markets irrespective of their Management pattern, may be Government, Local Authority, Private, Public-Private jointly. The objective is to promote Wholesale Markets across the world in uniform manner by systems, processes, technology, transparency and trade by exchange of information.
The agriculture minister, who visited largest international fruit and vegetable market at Mercabarna, emphasized that the world famous market of Spain can be a model for the fruits and vegetable market being set up at Gannuar, Sonipat in Haryana due to a lot of geographical similarities between the two markets.
He said that this market has been developed over an area of 225 acres. More than 700 companies have set up their shops in this market and 1400 trucks carrying fruits and vegetables come to the market every day. He said that this market has a huge turnover of about Rs. 2080 crore and has a sale of over ten lakh tonnes of fruits and vegetables, 73,000 tonnes of fish and 22,000 tonnes of meat. He said that 35 per cent of the stock arrived in the mandi is exported to other countries. Most importantly, 30,000 tones waste in the mandi is recycled. The mandi which has been set up in a planned manner could become an outstanding model at international level.