Hundreds of farmers, led by Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, today staged a protest in the district against low prices of onions, police said.
The farmers, wearing garlands made of onions, protested in Niphad against Maharashtra Cooperation Minister Chandrakant Patil and Minister of State for Cooperation Dada Bhuse, when the two were in the town, said R S Dere, in-charge of Niphad police station.
The farmers alleged that the onion prices have fallen and demanded a support price of Rs 2,000 per quintal, the officer said.
Police said at least 20 workers were detained.
Farmers further alleged that they were facing losses as onions were sold from Rs 300 to Rs 500 per quintal during auctioning at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee.