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Farmers seek CM intervention on withdrawal of ban on onion export

Date: 17-02-2020
Subject: Farmers seek CM intervention on withdrawal of ban on onion export
Nashik: A delegation of farmers met chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday and sought his intervention on the rollback of the onion exports ban imposed by the Centre.

The chief minister was in Nashik on Sunday to address a gathering at the state lawyers’ conference organised by Maharashtra and Goa Bar Council. The delegation was led by the state president of Maharashtra Onion Growers’ Association Bharat Dighole.

“The price of wholesale onions has dropped at large due to rise in supply as compared to demand. If the supply continues to increase, the wholesale onion price may drop further and farmers may incur more losses,” Dighole said.

“Hence, there is a need to withdraw the ban on onion export. We have been demanding the Centre to withdraw the ban, but in vain. Hence, we want chief minister’s intervention in this. We met the CM and held short discussion, urging him to approach the central government. The CM has assured us to look into the issue,” he added.

Dighole said that price of onions in Bangladesh and Myanmar in the range of Rs 60 and Rs 70, while onions are being sold at Rs 15-20 per quintal in wholesale markets of India. “Hence, farmers will get the benefit if onion export begins,” he said.

Meanwhile, the average wholesale onion price at Lasalgaon APMC, country’s largest wholesale onion market, has stabilized at Rs 1,800 per quintal.

The average wholesale onion price has dropped by almost 80% in the past two months, from Rs 8,625 per quintal on December 16, 2019, to Rs 1,800 per quintal. Around 2.40 lakh quintals of onions have been auctioned so far in the last fortnight.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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