Onion Price: In many mandis, the price of onion has gone up to Re 1 per kg, what should farmers do?

Onion price once again after a week’s rise in prices (Onion Price) has decreased significantly. Due to which the farmers got upset. In many mandis of Maharashtra, farmers are selling onions at the rate of Rs 1 to 2 per kg. The situation is not improving especially in Aurangabad and Solapur. There is not a slight increase in the arrival that the prices are coming on the land. On Friday, the minimum rate of onion was Rs 100 to 200 per quintal in eight mandis of the state. Most of the farmers do not have arrangement for onion storage, so they want to sell as much of the goods in the market before the rains start. The question is that in the absence of storage, for how long will the farmers sell onions after suffering losses and in this way the income of the farmers will be doubled.

Traders say that the price of any item is fixed on the basis of demand and supply in the market. The arrival of onions is increasing, then there is a chance of a record fall in the price. But, on June 17, only 437 quintals of onion arrived in Pandharpur mandi of Solapur district, yet the farmers got the minimum price of only Rs 200 per quintal. That is, Rs 2 a kg. Farmers say that until they do not have complete arrangements for storage of onions, traders will not stop exploiting them by taking advantage of the compulsion.

What is the price of onion in which market?

  • 3978 quintals of onion arrived in Aurangabad mandi. Here the minimum price was Rs 175, the maximum was Rs 1325 and the average rate was Rs 750 per quintal.
  • 11788 quintals of onion arrived in Solapur Mandi. Here the minimum price was Rs 100, while the average rate was Rs 900 per quintal.
  • In Pandharpur mandi, the minimum rate of onion was Rs 200, maximum 1500 and the average price was Rs 900 per quintal.
  • 2673 quintals of onion arrived in Ahmednagar’s Akole Mandi. Here the minimum price was 100, maximum 1700 while the average rate was Rs 1300.
  • In Ahmednagar Rahuri-Wambori market, the minimum price was Rs 100, maximum 1800, while the average price was Rs 900 per quintal.
  • 12105 quintals of onion arrived in Satana Mandi of Nashik. Here the minimum price was 150, maximum 1630 while the average rate was Rs 1325.
  • In Nashik’s Devla Mandi, the minimum price of onion was 200, maximum 1500 while the average rate was Rs 1100 per quintal.

Source: Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board. 17/06/2022

After all what is the solution to the problem of low price

Bharat Dighole, president of Maharashtra Kanda Producers Organization, says that onion prices are improving in most places. In some places the price is also getting less due to poor quality. We expect the price to be on track in the next few days. If the government wants, this problem can be solved easily. Get more and more farmers’ houses and stores built. For this, help of 2 to 3 lakh rupees should be given to the farmers. When all the farmers will have full storage arrangements, then no trader will pay such a low price. Because if the price is low, the farmer will not take onions to the market.

That’s why the price went down

This year there has been a record production of onion in the country. Last year i.e. in 2020-21, 26.6 million tonnes of onion was produced. Whereas production is estimated at 31.1 million tonnes in 2021-22. The effect of higher production is also visible on the price. Now to deal with this problem, the farmers of Maharashtra are demanding to bring onion under the purview of Minimum Support Price (MSP). Dighole says that if the government fixes the minimum price of onion according to the cost, then the income of the farmers will increase. Otherwise, in the present system, how will the income increase by selling onions at the rate of Rs 1-2 a kg.

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