Tears for onion farmers
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.