Around 550 truckloads of onions from Nashik and other parts of Maharashtra are being transported to other states in India. This has been possible because of a database of onion suppliers created by the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB).
“Our main objective is to provide a alternate marketing platform to farmers and create links between buyers and sellers. The database has also been uploaded on the web portal of the marketing board,” Sunil Pawar, MD, MSAMB, told the Financial Express. So far, the board had created a database of about 750 onion suppliers that include farmers, farmer groups, exporters, traders, farmer groups and farmer producer companies and this database had been shared with various states so that direct procurement can take place, he said.
Since the lockdown began on March 25, around 5,891 trucks of onions from Nashik have been transported to almost all the states in the country, he said. Pawar said the board plays only the role of a facilitator and the transaction is among the traders.
When asked if the database was created since the functioning of market committees is pretty erratic during the lockdown, Pawar replied that arrival of onions is higher in agriculture produce market committees (APMCs) in March 2020 than March 2019. The database is for providing a direct purchase access to traders of other states as an alternative channel in case arrivals at APMCs dries up.
Thanks to the database that has also been uploaded on the board’s website, state government authorities or traders could directly get in touch with the onion suppliers. The database is updated every week with addition of new farmers and traders in the list. Around 600 farmers, farmers groups and farmers producer companies are from Nashik district and others are from Pune, Solapur and Ahmednagar districts. The database includes their location, contact numbers and also the quantity of onions they have.