A farmer from Maharashtra’s Solapur was in for a impolite shock when he acquired to know that he has earned a revenue of merely Rs 2.49 towards the sale of his 512 kg onions to a dealer within the district.
The farmer, 63-year-old Rajendra Chavan who resides in Barshi tehsil of Solapur, mentioned his onion yield fetched a value of Rs 1 per kg on the Solapur market yard and after all of the deductions he obtained this paltry sum as his internet revenue final week.
Talking to PTI, Chavan mentioned, “I had despatched 10 luggage of onions weighing greater than 5 quintals to an onion dealer in Solapur on the market. But after deducting fees in direction of loading, transport, labour and others, I obtained a internet revenue of simply Rs 2.49 from him.”
The fee the dealer provided to me was Rs 100 per quintal.
The total weight of the crop was 512 kg and the overall value he acquired for the produce was Rs 512, he mentioned.
“After deductions value Rs 509.51 towards labour, weighing, transportation and different fees, I obtained a internet revenue of Rs 2.49. This is an insult to me and different onion-growers within the state. If we get such returns, how will we survive?” he requested.
He mentioned the onion farmers have to get a very good value for the crop and the affected farmers get compensation.
While Chavan claimed that the produce was of excellent high quality, the dealer mentioned it was low-grade.
“The farmer had introduced solely 10 luggage and the produce was additionally of low grade. That is why he acquired Rs 100 per quintal fee. So after all of the deductions, he acquired Rs 2 as internet revenue,” the dealer mentioned.
He added that the identical farmer had obtained good returns within the latest previous by promoting greater than 400 luggage to me.
“This time he introduced the remaining produce that was hardly 10 luggage and for the reason that costs have gone down, he acquired this fee,” he mentioned.
Speaking to PTI, farmers chief and former MP Raju Shetti mentioned that the onion hitting the market now could be a ‘kharif’ produce and can’t be saved for a very long time and that’s the reason the shelf lifetime of the product is brief.
“This onion must be offered out there instantly and exported out. But resulting from glut, the costs of onions have nosedived out there,” he mentioned.
He added that this onion shouldn’t be being bought by NAFED, so the one choice is that the federal government ought to make the market obtainable for this ‘kharif’ onion.
“The authorities’s export and import coverage relating to onions shouldn’t be constant. We had two everlasting markets – Pakistan and Bangladesh, however they most popular shopping for onions from Iran as an alternative of us because of the inconsistent coverage of the federal government. The third market is Sri Lanka, however everybody is aware of their scenario and nobody is taking dangers to ship their produce,” he mentioned.
He added that the federal government should purchase this onion or give subsidies to farmers.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)
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