Rotting of onion worries Nashik farmers

Farmers in parts of Nashik, known as onion hub of the State (Maharashtra),

have complained of onion rotting in storage facilities. However, traders said that the bulb crop was sufficiently available in the market and supply would not be affected.

Due to late sowing, farmers harvested the crop in April and May and stored it in Kanda chawls (storage structures ) hoping to get a good rate. Many farmers bring out onions in the market during Diwali season. However, according to farmers, heavy rainfall and relatively high levels of humidity has acted as a spoiler for the staple crop.

The complaints of crops getting damaged are pouring from all parts of Nashik district. But this is not going to affect the supply and price of the crop. As of now, there are enough onions in the market as per the traders over there.

Farmers have also demanded that the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India Ltd. should procure more onions from Lasalgaon which is the India's largest wholesale onion market.

Maharashtra has a 33 per cent share of India’s onion production; 80-90 per cent of the onion that comes to the Lasalgaon market is of export quality. Nashik onions are in demand in Dubai, Oman, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

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