Onion growers in Maharashtra are seeking pending payments from the onion grant given by the state government after prices went down in the previous season. The government had approved grants of Rs200 per 100 kgs (up to a maximum of 20 tons) to onion growers in Maharashtra in December 2018 for the period November 1, 2018 to December 15, 2018.
The state government had extended the subsidy for onion farmers who had suffered financial distress due to fall in prices. Farmers who had sold their crop between November 1 and December 15 were eligible for the subsidy, with individual quantity being capped at 20 tons. The subsidy was later extended till April 15. The downslide in onion prices last year had placed onion growers in financial distress.
Onion prices are currently on the upward trend . The arrival of onions in the market has dropped with farmers preparing for the winter season. The farmers who need money for sowing are bringing their produce to the market since onion is fetching good rates.