Onion has it selling for as little as 30 paise per Kg. at the wholesale market of Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch district. This time, the majority of the onion growers in the district have started growing onion seeds in at least 10 guntas of their farm land to reduce the investment cost. Neemuch has the biggest Mandi in the region from where farmers of adjoining MP districts come to sell their produce.
Based on the cultivation area of onion in the district, the farmers require 1,600 quintal of onion seeds. Some of the small and medium farmers find it difficult to invest on seeds and other material required for cultivation. So, the farmers had decided to grow seeds in at least 10 guntas of their land.
Because of a bumper crop, onion is being sold at 30-50 paise a kg while only a few days ago, it commanded Rs 15-20 per kg in the local market,” Dayaram Patidar, a farmer from Diken, Said. “We are forced to throw away the crop in the garbage as we are not even recovering the money spent on transportation from fields to the Mandi.
Every day, nearly 5,000 bags of onion arrive in Neemuch mandi. Around 4,000 bags were off-loaded on Wednesday, too, but there were no buyers, the farmer said. “We were hoping that we will get at least Rs 20-30 a kg. At this price, it is really difficult for us to survive.” Onion trader
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