A central team will visit Nashik to address the concerns of onion farmers.

Ahead of the farmers’ march to the national capital on February 13, the Union government is actively working to address the concerns of onion farmers in Maharashtra and prevent shortages or price fluctuations ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. A team from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare recently visited Nashik to interact with onion farmers and assess the crop status. They collected data on rabi cultivation, forecast production and assessed kharif production delays and reached out to the Principal Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs).

This visit follows unrest among onion farmers in Nashik, home to Asia’s largest onion market. Farmers have expressed their dissatisfaction with government policies, especially export restrictions and procurement practices by bodies like NAFED and NCCF.

Minister monitors developments

Union Minister for Health, Family and Tribal Affairs Bharati Pawar, who represents the Dindori Lok Sabha constituency of Nashik, closely monitored developments in onion farmers’ organizations. He actively engaged with farmers to address their concerns and assured them that the government is committed to supporting them. “NAFED and NCCF announced a plan to provide two thousand tons of onions to help farmers. However, the acquisition process is flawed. We have demanded that the government pay ₹30 per kg of onion directly to farmers instead of buying,” said Maharashtra State Onion Producers Association president Bharat Dighole. Farmers claim that most are not aware of the procurement centers, increasing their complaints.

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