Now, Ahmed­na­gar farmer sends `6 to CM Fad­navis

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - TE ST - Sud­hir Suryawan­shi

An­other frus­trated farmer sent Rs 6 to Chief Minister Deven­dra Fad­navis on Fri­day. The Rs 6 is the amount the Ahmed­na­gar-based farmer earned upon sell­ing 5,314 kilo­grams (kg) of onions. Ear­lier, a farmer from Nasik had sent his earn­ing of Rs 1,056 for 750 kg onion as a money or­der to the Prime Minister Disas­ter Re­lief Fund.

Shreyas Aab­hale, a 21-yearold farmer from Sangam­ner in Ahmed­na­gar dis­trict — 350 km from Mum­bai — got an­gry af­ter his 5,314 kg or 53.14 quin­tals onion yield earned him a mere Rs 6. “I got a total Rs 3,208 while my ex­pen­di­ture was Rs 3,202 in­clud­ing trans­port and mar­ket charges. In hand, the trader gave me only Rs 6 af­ter de­duct­ing all charges,” he lamented.

“I hope the Chief Minister will study the onion is­sue and give us jus­tice. The gov­ern­ment has de­clared drought in our area but so far no re­lief pack­ages have been given. If they fail to do some­thing on time, then my loan amount will rise and that will push us in deep fi­nan­cial trou­ble,” Aab­hale said.

He said that he did not want to take this amount at home. “In fact, I spent Rs 1.80 lakh to cul­ti­vate the two acres of onion farm. There is a scarcity of rain so I set up the sprin­kleir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem. Be­sides, I spent on fer­til­izer, labour etc. The total ex­pense of two-acres onion was Rs 1.80 lakh while the in­come is a mere Rs 6. I want to know from the chief minister Deven­dra Fad­navis and his gov­ern­ment how a farmer can live in such dif­fi­cult times with such a mere in­come de­rived from the sale of five quin­tals of onion,” Aab­hale said.

Sad­hab­hau Khot, the Minister for State (mar­ket­ing and fed­er­a­tion) said that the farmer is­sue is very se­ri­ous, and it can­not be re­solved in a day. “We need to make a long-term sci­en­tific plan to re­solve the farmer is­sue. I will per­son­ally raise this is­sue with the CM and try to find out a tan­gi­ble so­lu­tion,” he said.

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