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Maharashtra’s farmers hit out at centre’s onion export ban

 Onion farmers across Maharashtra protested on Tuesday 15 Sep over the Narendra Modi government’s decision to ban export of the bulb.

Sharp condemnations were issued by major farmer outfits which saw political motives behind the ban.

 Angry farmers demanded immediate withdrawal of the ban

In the onion-producing hub of Nashik, protests erupted in Lasalgaon — which houses Asia’s largest onion market — as well as in Manmad, with irate farmers raising slogans against the Central government while demanding an immediate rollback of the export ban.

The steady rise in wholesale onion prices (with the average trading price per kg of onion in Lasalgaon hovering around the 35 mark) is believed to have been one of the chief reasons behind the ban on exporting onions.

AIKS would hit the streets and oppose the export ban

Observing that the country had a record production of onions this season, Dr. Ajit Nawale, State general secretary, AIKS said despite onion prices increasing slightly in September owing to supply chain issues, the rise, however, was only temporary. “Besides, onions produced in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka will also be available in the market. In such a scenario, it is unlikely that any serious problem of scarcity will arise in the near future,” he said, adding that the AIKS would hit the streets and oppose the export ban.

Decision a “big mistake” State Agriculture Minister Dada Bhuse said

Terming the decision a “big mistake”, State Agriculture Minister Dada Bhuse said the ban needs to be immediately revoked.

“Maharashtra contributes to more than 70% of India’s onion exports… this decision is a grave injustice for the State’s farmers. I believe Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will be speaking with the Prime Minister over this matter,” said Mr. Bhuse.

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