But farmers’ leaders believe that the members have not been of much help. “Members come and go, but our problems remain,” said Vishwanath Patil Koutha, a Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha leader. “The APMCs were set up to ensure remunerative prices for farmers and end their exploitation by middlemen. But none of them [committees] have succeeded in this.”He said that first of all, the members don’t come to the market in time to stop the fall in prices in times of glut. The delay helps traders form a coterie and hoodwink farmers. For example, red gram prices have been falling since October, but the local APMCs did not start procurement till the last week of December, he said.