Agricultural Produce Market Committee
or Market Committee is a body responsible for providing facilities and infrastructure to the farmers for the marketing of agriculture produce in a given area. There are total 152 market committees in Punjab. Each market committee has one or more market yard or grain market (also Mandi or Dana Mandi in Punjabi), sub-yards and seasonal purchase centers established during the harvest season of main crops cultivated in Punjab. As the agriculture and other related fields are main source of income in the rural areas, these markets are the center of econimic activity in the rural areas. Due to this, most of these places have got developed into flourishing towns.
These market committees are managed by the Punjab State Agricultural Marketing Board (PSAMB)
, also called as Mandi Board in short. This is a corporate organization established by Punjab government under the Punjab Agricultural Produce Markets Act, 1961 and came into existance on 26 May, 1961.
The main objective of this corporation is to provide the infrastructure and network for sale, purchase, storage and processing of agricultural produce and also the production from animal husbandry, horticulture and forests. The chairman of the mandi board is nominated by the state government and Ajmer Singh Lakhowal is the current chairman of the mandi board
The board comes under the Department of Agriculture, Punjab. Jathedar Tota Singh
is the current agriculture minister of Punjab
. He is a senior leader of Shiromani Akali Dal and is MLA from Dharamkot constituency in Moga district. Check this link for a complete list of cabinet ministers of Punjab
Here it would be worth mentioning that marketing yard at Khanna city in Ludhiana district is the larget grain market in Asia. A district wise list of market committees in Punjab is given below.
Market Commitees in Amritsar
There are total eight market committees in Amritsar district.
Market Committees in Barnala
There are total five market committees in Barnala district.
- Mehal Kalan
Market Committees in Bathinda ਬਠਿੰਡਾ
There are total nine market committees in Bathinda district.
- Bhagta Bhaika
- Bhucho Mandi
- Rampura Phul
- Talwandi Sabo
Market Committees in Faridkot
There are total four market committees in Faridkot district.
- Kot Kapura
Market Committees in Fatehgarh Sahib
There are total five market committees in Fatehgarh Sahib district.
- Bassi Pathana
Market Committees in Fazilka
There are total four market committees in Fazilka district.
Market Committees in Firozpur
There are total eight market committees in Firozpur.
- Firozpur Cantt.
- Guru Harsahai
- Talwandi Bhai
Market Committees in Gurdaspur
There are total 10 market committees in Gurdaspur district.
- Dera Baba Nanak
- Dina Nagar
- Fatehgarh Churian
- Sri Hargobindpur
Market Committees in Hoshiarpur
There are total five market committees in Hoshiarpur district.
- Urmar Tanda
Market Committees in Jalandhar
There are total tweleve market committees in Jalandhar district.
- Jalandhar Cantt.
Market Committees in Kapurthala
There are total five market committees in Kapurthala district.
- Sultanpur Lodhi
Market Committees in Ludhiana
There are total thirteen market committees in Ludhiana district.
- Kila Raipur
- Sidhwan Bet
Market Committees in Mansa
There are total six market committees in Mansa district.
Market Committees in Moga
There are total eight market committees in Moga district.
- Badhni Kalan
- Bagha Purana
- Fatehgarh Panjtur
- Kot Ise Khan
- Nihal Singh Wala
Market Committees in Pathankot
There are total two market committees in Pathankot district.
- Narot Jaimal Singh
Market Commitees in Patiala
There are total nine market commitees in Patiala district.
- Dudhan Sadhan
Market Committees in Ropar
There are total four market committees in Ropar district.
- Anandpur Sahib
- Chamkaur Sahib
- Rup Nagar
Market Committees in Mohali
There are total five market committees in Mohali district.
- Dera Bassi
Market Committees in Nawan Shahr
There are total three market committees in Nawan Shahr district.
- Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawan Shahr)
Market Committees in Sangrur
There are total fifteen market committees in Sangrur district.
- Sular Gharat
Market Committees in Muktsar
There are total four market committees in Muktsar district.
- Shri Muktsar Sahib
Market Committees in Tarn Taran
There are total eight market committees in Tarn Taran district.
- Khadur Sahib
- Khem Karan
- Naushehra Pannuan
- Tarn Taran