The ongoing lockdown and the ensuing disruption of the supply chain of fresh vegetables has prodded the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB) to create an alternate marketing chain for onions.
In a bid to create a parallel supply chain, the MSAMB has collated an exhaustive list of onion farmers and traders, and circulated the same across the country for markets to deal with directly.
Sunil Pawar, managing director of MSAMB, said the idea was to ensure an alternate market chain is created, which will feed retail markets in this time of crisis. While wholesale fruits and vegetable markets have been kept out of the lockdown, most are either functioning with skeletal staff or have suspended business for the time period. Most of the important onion markets in Nashik have also seen labour migrating to their respective states.
“The list we created has the names and contacts of almost all important farmer groups and traders in the important market,” Pawar said. “This list was circulated across the country with instructions of them being contacted directly in necessary.”
As explained on indianexpress.com, Maharashtra is the country’s largest onion producer, cornering about 34 per cent of the national production. The kitchen staple is transported from markets of Nashik to states like Punjab, West Bengal, and Bihar. The bulb is transported to northern states via railways, while it is transported to southern ones via trucks.