Onion prices have come down significantly in Maharashtra. In such a situation, the farmers are not able to extract the profit even away from the cost. Many farmers burnt onions only on Holi.
Farmers angry with the falling price of onion Government of Maharashtra Front has been opened against. About 10 thousand farmers from all over the state Eknath Shinde Govt Reaching Mumbai on foot to protest. However, the state government has started trying to pacify the angry farmers. Former MLA Jeeva Gavit, who is leading the angry farmers, said that they will once again hold talks with the state government regarding their demands.
Jeeva Gavit said that we will also talk to the concerned officials including Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis and ministers regarding the problems of the farmers. In fact, after entering Thane district, ministers Dada Bhuse and Atul Save had held a delegation meeting with the farmers heading towards Mumbai on Wednesday. Then the government had agreed to 40 percent of the demands. However, when the full demand was not met, the farmers got angry and continued their march to Mumbai.
Farmers are not even able to recover the cost
Actually, the price of onion has come down a lot in Maharashtra. In such a situation, the farmers are not able to extract the profit even away from the cost. Many farmers burnt onions only on Holi. At the same time, in many places within the state, farmers threw onions on the roads. The situation of the falling price of onion is that on the contrary, the farmers have to spend from their own pocket while selling the crop. This is the reason why the farmers have opened a front against the government.
This is the demand of the farmers
The farmers who went on pad yatra say that minimum support price should be arranged for onions, so that the farmers do not suffer loss. Along with this, compensation should be given to the farmers in lieu of the crops destroyed due to unseasonal rains. Along with this, farmers are also demanding loan waiver and electricity bill waiver. Farmers say that farmers are still dependent on rain for irrigation. In such a situation, the government should supply electricity continuously for 12 hours, so that the farmers can do irrigation.
Onion was selling at Rs 1,151 a quintal in Maharashtra
Please tell that Maharashtra is the largest onion producing state in the country. The country’s biggest onion market is in Lasalgaon here. According to a report, at the beginning of February, onion was being sold at Rs 1,151 a quintal in Maharashtra. But then within a few weeks its price dropped to Rs 550 per quintal. At the same time, now at some places in the state, farmers are selling onions between 200 to 400 rupees per quintal. In such a situation, the farmers are facing loss. However, the Maharashtra government is buying onions from farmers at the rate of Rs 300 a quintal. Despite this, the farmers are unhappy.