Tears for onion farm­ers

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE NDA gov­ern­ment's re­cent de­ci­sion to add pota­toes and onions to the list of es­sen­tial com­modi­ties un­der the Es­sen­tial Com­modi­ties Act, 1955, has drawn the ire of onion cul­ti­va­tors in Ma­ha­rash­tra. Var­i­ous farmer groups, in­clud­ing cul­ti­va­tors and Agri­cul­tural Pro­duce Mar­ket Com­mit­tees, have threat­ened to go on ag­i­ta­tion if onion is not re­moved from the list soon. Raju Shetty, newly elected mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from Hatkanan­gale Lok Sabha con­stituency in Ma­ha­rash­tra's Kol­ha­pur district, whose party, Swab­hi­mani Shetkari Sang­hatana, is an ally to NDA, has also threat­ened to protest. Shetty has vo­cif­er­ously op­posed the move, say­ing it will take away what­ever ex­tra in­come farm­ers earn by de­lay­ing the sale of their pro­duce.


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