Monsoon not the one issue plaguing onion farmers

It has been three years for the reason that onion growers within the State bought respectable returns on the vegetable. “The final three years, there was an excessive amount of rain and the onions rotted away within the floor itself. This 12 months, it’s the reverse, and the crops are going dry within the warmth,” stated Mallikarjun, president, Rajya Raitha Sangha, Chitradurga. He stated that these unpredictable climate patterns stopped many farmers from sowing onions this time. 

He stated that whereas there was a 50-60% lower in Challakere, total, 40% of farmers in Chitradurga determined to not develop onions this 12 months.  

He identified that the federal government’s newest resolution to impose 40% obligation on the exports of onions has additionally discouraged farmers.  

“A day earlier than the announcement of the excise obligation, the worth for a quintal of onions was between ₹2,600 – ₹3500. Nevertheless, two days after that, the worth fell to ₹1,800 – ₹2,600 per quintal. This could be the federal government’s manner of regulating the worth, however they’re taking more money now (as tax) from farmers who’ve already been burdened with heavy losses and loans,” Mallikarjun lamented. 

The Union authorities, earlier this week, had introduced that onions can be purchased for a report worth of ₹2,410 per quintal to pacify the farmers who have been protesting in regards to the levy of obligation on exports. The farmers from Karnataka are additionally wanting ahead to this now.  

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