Chandigarh: Haryana government has decided to reduce the market fee for fruits and vegetables by fifty per cent. Now the state government would only charge one percent as market fee.

The decision was taken during the meeting called to discuss reforms in Punjab Agriculture Produce Market Act (Haryana 1961).

Apart from Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who has just returned from his Israel tour, Agriculture Minister Paramvir Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dharambir Singh, Chief Minister's Principal Secretary Chhatar Singh, Additional Principal Secretary K K Khandelwal, Deputy Principal Secretary R S Doon and other senior officers attended the meeting.

In this meeting, various provisions of Agriculture Produce Markets Act (Haryana1961) and the possible scope of amendment in the act to benefit the farmers were also discussed.

Earlier in a meeting, Hooda reviewed the availability of BT cotton seeds and directed the officers to ensure that the interest of the farmers is taken care of in that regard.

It is also reported that the government has directed the officials of the agriculture department to take strict action against people who encourage black marketing of BT cotton seeds.

JPN/Bureau