Mahboob Gunj, a hub of spices trading in all seasons
With more than 400 shops, the Mahboob Gunj market located in Malakpet on sprawling 42 acre of land remains one of the biggest wholesale market in the South India. Agricutural produce arrives not only from districts within the State, but also from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, besides Andhra Pradesh.
- The 30-year-old market is one of the biggest in South India
- The market is set up on 42-acre land
- The business in the market is commission-based
- Farmers from neighbouring states and from all districts in state bring their agri produce
- Onion, dry chilly and tamarind are the main trading items in the market
Malakpet: With more than 400 shops, the Mahboob Gunj market located in Malakpet on sprawling 42 acre of land remains one of the biggest wholesale market in the South India. Agricutural produce arrives not only from districts within the State, but also from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, besides Andhra Pradesh.
This market which has come up more than three decades ago is known for loads of lorries arriving from different places with onion, dry chilly and tamarind, has slowly transformed this market into hub for spices.
According to J Ananthaiah, selection grade secretary of the market, said that the market which is more than 30 years of history remains an important hub for agriculture goods. Most of the agriculture produce which arrives here include onion, dry chilly and tamarind.
“A market whose goods comprise 90% onion, chilli, tamarind is top destination for farmers across the states. This market operates on commission, where traders operating here give 1 per cent to Market Committee. We monitor the entry of truck loads of produce through Gate pass entry linked to Agriculture TS App,” he explained.
M Srinivas of Sri Padmavati Traders specialised in tamarind has been engaged in business since 1991. He said that Mahboob Gunj is one of the biggest markets for this agriculture produce, as farmers come here as they get right price after making trade with the businessman.
“I purchased the tamarind directly from farmers with 2 per cent commission, from which 1 per cent would be given to Market Committee. Tamarind comes from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu. During the season nearly 8-10 trucks of tamarind are daily unloaded and during off-season about 1 or 2 lorries arrive. Prices may fluctuate depending on the season and demand,” he added.
D Rajeshwar of Surya Traders engaged in dry chilly business, said that chilly being an important ingredient in India, huge quantities of this spice arrive in the market from Guntur (AP), Mahboobnagar, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal and other places. “Daily nearly about 8,000 to 10,000 of bags are unloaded during the season and 3,000 to 5,000 bags in off-season. Each lorry arrives with 180 to 200 bags of chilly,” he explained.
K Shekar Rao of Sri Srinivas Company, with his expertise on onions, explained that the onion being a common vegetable being used daily remains in demand throughout the year. In this market onions arrive from districts of Maharashtra, Karnataka and AP.
“Daily nearly on an average 50-80 of trucks are unloaded during the season and 30-40 lorry during off season. The price may vary depending on the demand and supply of the onion.