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Minimum Support Prices for Onion: Distressed by getting low prices, farmers of Maharashtra have demanded to bring onions under the purview of Minimum Support Price (MSP). Know, where is the price of onion.
Farmers in Maharashtra, the country’s largest onion producing state, are forced to sell onions at a penny price these days. Onion is being sold at the rate of Rs 150 per quintal somewhere. But is the situation similar in other states as well? The situation in Bihar is completely opposite to that of Maharashtra. The share of Bihar in the total onion production of the country is 5.61 percent. Here the minimum price of onion is from 1000 to 1600 rupees. While there is not even such a maximum rate in Maharashtra. Farmers of Uttar Pradesh are also getting better onion price than Maharashtra. On the other hand, in a market in Kerala, the price has reached up to Rs 4500 per quintal. Why is it so?
Onion prices have come down so much in many markets of Maharashtra that farmers are unable to even get the cost. Due to which the farmers are upset. On May 15, the minimum rate of onion was only Rs 150 per quintal in Akole Mandi of Ahmednagar district. While Junnar Mandi in Pune district had the lowest price of Rs 300 per quintal. In such a situation, farmers are questioning the government that how will the income double in this way.
Minimum support price to be declared on onion
On May 15, the minimum price of onion reached Rs 1850 per quintal in Thakurganj Mandi of Kishanganj district of Bihar. While the maximum 2100 and the average price was Rs 2000. Bharat Dighole, president of Maharashtra Onion Growers’ Organization, says that the traders’ lobby in Maharashtra is very strong. She runs the market on her own terms. Makes profits. The government has no control over them.
This time the production is also good in Maharashtra, but not so much that the price is only Rs 4-5 per kg. Therefore, if the government declares the Minimum Support Price (MSP) on onions as well, then the onion producing farmers of the whole country will get the benefit. Otherwise, this time the farmers of Maharashtra, who cultivate onions, are suffering a lot, because the cost of production is not even coming out.
market price of onion
- In Araria, Bihar, the minimum price of onion was Rs 1200, maximum 1400 and the average price was Rs 1300 per quintal.
- In Bihar’s Banka, the minimum price was Rs 1300, maximum Rs 1500 and the average price was Rs 1400 per quintal.
- In Patna, the minimum price was Rs 1200, maximum was Rs 1500 and the average price was Rs 1300.
- In Bihar’s Madhubani, the minimum price was 1600, the maximum price was 1800 and the average price was Rs 1700 per quintal.
- In Kollam, Kerala, the minimum price was Rs 4500 and the average rate was Rs 4600 per quintal.
- In Kerala’s Kottayam, the minimum rate of onion was 3500, maximum 4000 and the average price was Rs 3800 per quintal.
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