Onion farmers in huge mess due to price crash, dumps crop in Mandis instead of selling at 50 paise per kg

Written by | December 23, 2016 | 0

Onion farmers in Madhya Pradesh are left with nothing but tears as they have failed to sell their crop produced. Mandsaur farmers abandoned the crop in the mandi as traders offered them Rs 50 per quintal for B grade onions.

The grading of an onion is done on the basis of its size and color.

The farmers decided to not sell their A grade crop, as it fetched only Rs 2.5 per kg. “The cost of transporting the crop from the farm to the Mandi is more than this,” Nand Kishore a farmer of Lacha Keri village in Mandsaur district said while talking to India today.

Kishore, who owns around 4 bighas of land brought around 40 sacks of onion to the mandi waiting for the price to improve.He has decided to dispose off his crop as he cannot wait anymore. This year’s situation also turned out like last year when farmers were forced to dump tonnes of onion on the roadside.

Last year the chief minister had stepped in and bought onion from farmers at Rs 6 per kg. But this year, it looks like the government not just paid to the farmers but had to hire private godowns as the problem of plenty arose. And in the end the government was also forced to pay for destroying the crop that was rotting in the godowns.

The problem wasn’t restricted to Mandsaur alone. Similar prices have been reported from Nemmuch, Sagar and Ratlam Mandis as well. Traders blamed the sudden fall in demand for slashing prices as the rate of other vegetables also crashed.

Tomato Farmers are getting Rs 2 per kg in Hoshangabad while in Vidisha the price is Rs 2.5 per kg. In Bhopal and Shajapur a 25 kg tray of tomatoes is selling at Rs 50 while in retail it is selling at Rs 5 per KG.

Farmers in Mandsaur and Neemuch claimed that the traders are playing mischief deliberately. The farmers said that the onion traders purchased from them at Rs 2.5 per kg were sold at Rs 10 per kg in the market. The inability of selling their crops has led farmers to choose extreme measures.

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