Farmers threaten to obstruct meetings: Seek fair price for onion crop

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NASHIK: Onion growers in the state have demanded fair price to onion farmers and warned that meetings of political parties would be obstructed if their demands were not met.

“Every ruling party during its tenure failed to address onion-related issues and find a permanent solution to the problem. As a result, unfortunately, onion growers have been resorting to extreme steps.

We will obstruct meetings of political parties if state government failed to give a minimum support price of Rs 2000/quintal to onion crop,” warned Bharat Dighole, president of Maharashtra State Onion Growers, Farmers Association, on Monday.

Dighole was addressing a press conference here in presence of representatives of onion producing farmers — Khanderao Dighole, Nitin Dighole, Satish Dighole and Atul Gite.
“By giving Rs 200/quintal subsidy to onion farmers, the government has done injustice to farmers.

he govt has also brought onion crop under the Essential Commodities Act and adding to the woes of the farmers, the state is still not firm on its onion export policy. We will discuss the issue with all the major political parties to seek consensus over minimum support price,” Dighole said.

The association is very soon launcing a call centre for onion growers to provide them in depth information about onion cultivation, latest technology, reaping techniques, sales management, market price, neighbouring market place etc.

We are also working on creating a new market for onion, introducing farmers about latest technology, sell of onion produce in international market and organisation of an annual basis conference of onion producing farmers, the association president added.

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