Mumbai: For the first time after a gap of two years, onion produce farmers from rain-fed areas of Nasik district are feeling ‘achche din’ as the rate of onion has reached to Rs 2800 to Rs 4000 per quintal. The increase in price has benefited to the farmers who according to primary inputs have bagged around Rs. 125 crore during past four months.
According to the National Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED), the trend of good pricing for onion will remain for next four months. Nanasaheb Patil, director of NAFED, In December alone, more than five lakh quintal onion was sold from Laslagaon Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (AMPC).
“The average rate that was received by the farmers was Rs 2700 per quintal. The rate to the onion was reached to Rs 3200 and Rs 4000 in last week of January and it was Rs 2800 per quintal in December,” said Patil. He added, since last four months, farmers are getting good price for their produce. “I remember, farmers had not got more than Rs 800 per quintal during last two months. The production cost of onion per quintal is around Rs 1000 and if we will consider recommendation of Swaminathan Commission, farmers have to get the price of at least Rs 1500 per quintal,” said Patil. The profit of more than Rs 1000 brought
“The atmosphere was not good for the onion this year. Due to heavy rain, plantation of onion were destroyed, did not produced average yield according to the proportion and hence, shortage in onion produce occurred. The natural calamity which resulted into less production on onion helped to increase in rate of the produce,” Patil elaborated. Last year around 2.25 crore metric tonne onion was produced. This year NAFED is expecting 2.10 crore metric tonne yield of onion.
Patil said, once onion from Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka will bring in market, prices will go down and it will take two to four months. A bumper production last year in Maharashtra and other states had sent crashing the wholesale prices of onions at vegetable markets across India. “That was the worst year for onion growers as the prices had fallen to Rs 4-6 a kg from Rs 15-20 a kg. The loss is huge,” lamented one of the farmers of a Nasik village who is still copes with the losses.