Now, Nashik farmer gets 51 paise/kg for his onions, sends money to Fad­navis

The Hitavada - - NATION -

AF­TER a farmer sent his mea­gre earn­ings from sale of onions in the whole­sale mar­ket to the Prime Minister, an­other farmer in Nashik dis­trict of Ma­ha­rash­tra has adopted the same mode of protest.

Chan­drakant Bhikan Desh­mukh, res­i­dent of An­dar­sul in Ye­ola tehsil, has sent a money or­der of Rs 216 to Chief Minister Deven­dra Fad­navis.

He got this princely amount af­ter sell­ing 545 kg of onions at the Agri­cul­ture Pro­duce Mar­ket Com­mit­tee at Ye­ola in an auc­tion on De­cem­ber 5, Desh­mukh said on Fri­day.

The rate he got was 51 paise per kg, and was paid Rs 216 af­ter de­duct­ing APMC’s charges, he said, show­ing the sale re­ceipt. “There is a drought-like sit­u­a­tion in my area. How I am sup­posed to run my house and re­pay my loans with these pal­try earn­ings?” he said, speak­ing to re­porters.

“I did not get good price though my onions were of good qual­ity. So I sent Rs 216 to Ma­ha­rash­tra Chief Minister in protest,” he said.

Nashik dis­trict in north Ma­ha­rash­tra ac­counts for nearly half the onion pro­duc­tion in the coun­try.

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