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India: 45,000 Nashik onion farmers apply for refunding

Around 45,000 onion farmers from the Nashik district have so far applied to different Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs) to get refunds of Rs 200 (€2.55) per 100 kg, announced by the state government.

The office of deputy district registrar has given a deadline of January 15 for the APMCs to submit the farmers’ details. The office will scrutinise the applications and then send the demands to the state government about the amount needed in Nashik to pay the farmers.

The refunding will be given to onion growers who sold their produce in different APMCs between November 1 and December 15. It is aimed at giving some relief to farmers who have suffered due to a crash in wholesale prices of summer onions in last two months.

"We have directed all district APMCs to collect applications from the farmers seeking refunding. Around 45,000 farmers have submitted their applications to the APMCs so far," district director Gautam Bansane told, adding that they would scrutinise all the applications and send the demand of funds to the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board.

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