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 Onion growers halt auctions at Lasalgaon as costs decline

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Onion growers on Monday stopped auctions at Lasalgaon agricultural produce advertising and marketing committee (APMC) yard, Asia’s largest onion market, complaining that its costs have collapsed by 50 per cent over the previous few days. Farmers demanded that they have to obtain no less than ₹30 per kg for his or her produce.

About 7,980 quintals of the bulb crop got here to the Lasalgaon APMC yard. The bottom price per quintal was ₹500 and the best price ₹1,812. The modal price, the speed at which most trades happen, was ₹1,400 on Monday. 

The worth was ₹10-12 per kg when the market opened at the moment. The agitated farmers staged a dharna and stopped the public sale. “We must always get no less than ₹30 per kg for onion or else we are going to agitate in opposition to the federal government. We are going to cease auctions at different APMCs within the State,” stated Bharat Dighole, President of Maharashtra State Onion Growers Affiliation.

He stated the manufacturing value of onion is ₹22-25 per kg and farmers are unable to get better manufacturing prices. 

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“The State authorities should present a grant of ₹10 per kg to Maharashtra farmers in order that they will no less than get better manufacturing value,” stated Dighole. 

Farmers say within the first week of November, the typical value of onion within the APMC was ₹2,900 and farmers have been getting no less than a minimal ₹1,000 for the produce they dropped at the market. Over the previous couple of days, onion costs have dropped to ₹500 per quintal and the modal value is at ₹1,400 .

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Farmers claimed that the Centre has not fulfilled its promise to assist onion farmers. As a substitute, it introduced down charges within the retail market by importing onions. In response to Maharashtra farmers, the federal government bought onions at a low value from farmers and distributed them in retail markets to decrease the value.

Onion costs declined to a five-year low final month on the heels of file excessive manufacturing. The output of the bulb has been estimated at 31.27 million tonnes (mt). Nevertheless, farmers have been inspired when costs elevated firstly of this month as rains in rising areas delayed arrivals.

On November 5, the modal value elevated to ₹2,551 a quintal earlier than it started to drop. This decline has now resulted in growers getting stressed.

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