Shetkari Sanghatana is prepared to take steps

Indian growers will resist again if onion export ban returns

Shetkari Sanghatana is a Maharashtra-based union. Sources say it may take on the government again if the onion export ban returns. The Sanghatana had last month actively taken part in the agitation to lift ban on onion exports so that growers get a better rate. “The rates have improved after the ban was lifted with effect from January 1,” said, says Sanghatana president Anil Ghanawat, who is now also a member of the Supreme Court appointed committee on farm laws from Maharashtra.

“The Sanghatana had threatened that if the ban is not lifted then onions would be thrown each time a BJP leader was spotted. The ban was lifted soon after,” Ghanawat said. “Now, as a member of the SC appointed committee, I may not take part in the Sanghatana’s activities in my individual capacity,” Ghanawat told The Times of India after taking over as the member.

Ghanawat also said he personally believes that apart from freedom to market access as envisaged in the new farm laws, the farmers should also be given freedom of access to technology.

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