the help of MSWC. MSWC will give one officer of the rank of Deputy/Assistant Manager to work on PIU MSAMB. MSWC being State Govt Corporation it will implement its program. PIU MSAMB will only oversee the same. Whereas program of APMCs will be implemented by PIU MSAMB, the procurements relating to MSWC will be the responsibility of PIU MSAMB. The MSWC is a profitable5 Government Corporation with 800 godowns in Maharashtra and a track record of innovation, dynamism and partnerships with the private sector. Its storage capacity in the state is around 1.2 million tonnes, of which up to 40% is available to farmers to store their grains at a lower charge than for the trade. A partnership has been created so that under the MACP the State’s grain farmers can benefit from the package of financial instruments and scientific storage that MSWC and the APMC is developing with the Banks and the Commodity Exchanges. Currently farmers have the APMCs as the sole marketing route for their marketable surplus of grains. This has high costs, limits the producers’ abilit y to time the sales to benefit from seasonal changes in price as trading behaviour is often opaque. Additionally, farmers are often forced to sell at the least advantageous time, because of the need to pay back loans.
22. The planned intervention provides farmer with the choice of other marketing channels, which are lower in cost, transparent in processes, prices and quality assessment, provide assured payment and which enable farmers to store produce and take advantage of warehouse credit, futures markets and electronic spot exchanges.
23. Producers, individually or via Producers Groups (PG) and Associations will need to be able to deliver to the 40 MSWC and 40 APMC godowns a single quality commodity. For spot exchange lot size is around 1 bag. This will involve grading and cleaning, some field level quality