100,000 onion farmers in Maharashtra yet to receive relief from Devendra Fadnavis govt

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Pune | Published: March 15, 2017 3:05:35 AM

At least one lakh onion farmers in Maharashtra are yet to receive a grant of Rs 100 per quintal, announced by the state government in September last year following a free fall of onion rates.

The onion farmers were not happy with the conditions imposed by the state government for the grant of incentives. (Reuters)

At least one lakh onion farmers in Maharashtra are yet to receive a grant of Rs 100 per quintal, announced by the state government in September last year following a free fall of onion rates. The government announced the grant for the farmers who sold their produce in the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMC) from July 1 to August 31, 2016. There were several demands from the APMC representatives for an increase in the grant to at least R500 per quintal.

According to market sources, the proposals worth Rs 45 crore are still pending with the government. In Pune APMC alone, around 4,145 proposals were sent to the government of which 2,847 proposals were considered eligible for the grant of Rs 1.72 crore. About 20,000 farmers were then estimated to have sold nearly 3 lakh quintals in the Lasalgaon market during the two months, making them eligible for payments of Rs 3 crore.

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If other market committees were taken into account, the proposals were worth Rs 45 crore, sources said. The farmers were not happy with the conditions imposed by the state government for the grant of incentives.

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