16 September 2020 3:08:05 am
Farmers in Maharashtra staged street protests on Tuesday against the Centers’ decision to ban onion exports.
In Lasalgaon in Nashik Asias the largest onion farmers keep their shops closed and brought the trade to a standstill in the market of the Agricultural Products Market Committee (APMC). Angry farmers also took to the streets and blocked traffic on the Mumbai-Agra highway.
Concerned about the continuing rise in wholesale and retail prices of the main culinary element, the Union government on Monday banned the export of onions.
After the ban, as protests were reported across Nashik and Ahmednagar in northern Maharashtra, in Lasalgaon, the average price of onions fell from Rs 2,950 per quintal to Rs 2,700 per quintal.
NCP President Sharad Pawar on Tuesday asked Union Minister for Trade and Commerce Piyush Goyal to review the decision and lift the onion export ban. He praised Goyal for the protests and the financial consequences that the ban would have on onion growers in the domestic market.
I have informed Union Minister Piyush Goyal that onions are in high demand internationally and we need to export them constantly. But an unexpected decision by the central government is a major blow to India’s image as a credible exporter of onions to the international market. Such a situation would bring great benefits to Pakistan and other onion exporters, he told the media.
State Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Chhagan Bhujbal said: Farmers’ riots are not growing well. They have led to the cessation of the whole process of trade and action.
If protests continue, the supply of onions in the domestic market will also be hit. Farmers will suffer huge losses if the ban continues, he added.
Almost 40 percent of the total onions grown in the country are produced during the Khariff season (June to October). Onions will be cultivated again in the Rabi season from November to April.
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