The Maharashtra cabinet has approved ₹ 1.5 billion (€18.74 mln) as relief to onion farmers who had to sell their produce at low prices. According to Maharashtra's Marketing Department Principal Secretary, the cabinet approved an ex-gratia payment at ₹ 200 per 100 kg rate for onions sold between November 1 to December 15. The compensation will cover a total of 7.5 mln tons of onions.
Lately, onion farmers in Maharashtra have been resorting to different means of protest to express their displeasure over low price of their produce. On December 13, two distressed farmers in Satana town of Nashik district dumped their onions on the road to protest against a steep fall in the wholesale price of one of their key crops.