Fruits and vegetable sellers in the Azadpur mandi are concerned about delayed payments from traders in India’s northern states due to the farmer protests. There is also a backlog of payments since the lockdown began in March, which makes the total dues about Rs 30 billion (€330 mln), said member of the Azadpur mandi, Anil Malhotra.
"The business was coming closer to the pre-Covid sales, but now again the demand fell. Payments to be made by traders and suppliers in other states has been due from June-July which was being is adjusted. We expect a further delay in getting our money now, " he said, adding that some suppliers to modern retail outlets, hotels and restaurants in North India were finding it difficult to get their payments.
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