The recent unseasonal rainfall has damaged kharif onion crops on 17,500 hectare across India’s Nashik district. Currently, the total area under onion plantation is 53,500 hectare — 20,000 hectare kharif (winter crop) and 23,500 hectares of late kharif.
The kharif plantings usually takes place between July and August and its harvest begins by October-end. On the other hand, planting for late kharif takes place between September and October and it is harvested by the end of December.
At the moment, most of the damage has been caused to kharif onions as planation got delayed by a month owing to late arrival of monsoon this year.
The harvest of kharif onions was expected to begin from the first week of November, but rain has played spoilsport. However, as per sources, damage to kharif plantings could be at around 70% or 14,000 hectare.