For a production cost of ₹12-13 per kg of onions, Maharashtra growers are seeing a return rate of ₹6-7 per kg in the market for the last few months. However, they don’t have any other option than to bring the produce to the market due to humidity and storage problems.
Bharat Dighole, President, Maharashtra State Onion Growers' Association, told BusinessLine: “The consumer is paying more than ₹20 for per kg onion and farmers are getting ₹6-7 from the traders. The market is flooded because of glut in production and farmers have no option than to sell the produce at whatever price they are getting.”
He added that the Centre and the State government must provide a package of ₹5 bln to onion grower farmers to recover losses. “Many farmers have lost 50 per cent of the stored onion because of rains and humidity. Losses have been heavy due to rotten onions,” he said.
Maharashtra is the top onion producing State in the country with a share of 28.32 per cent of total domestic production. Farmers have exported onions to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other countries this season.