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Khulna division, western Bangladesh

Kushtia onion farmers struggle with production costs and dropping prices

Continuous price drops of onions in the market are giving Kushtia farmers a hard time as they try to to recover the production cost, in spite of a good harvest this year.  Wholesale prices of onions were at Tk 15 to 20 per kg, while retail price of onion was at Tk 400 to 800 per 40 kgs. Farmers claim they are getting some Tk 400 to 500 less profit per 40 kgs this year compared to the last two years.

According to the Kushtia Agricultural Extension Department, onions have been cultivated in 13,734 hectares of land in the district during this the October 15 to March 15 season. Onion prices started falling immediately after the new harvest arrived in the market as the retail price was at Tk 35 to 40 per Kg just two weeks ago.

[ Tk100 = €1.10  ]


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