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Reduction in sowing of onion due to poor experience of last two years of onion farmers

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06 September 2022, New Delhi: The last two years have been difficult for the onion farmers as the market prices kept reducing through out the arrival season. The onion farmers have experienced this since the year of Covid.

Breaking the trend this year, the onion farmers have opted for new crop as well as reduced their acreage of onion crop to hedge the risk. This is evident as the arrival of onion in Navi Mumbai APMC from Karnataka has reduced and the produce is being bought at Rs 8-9/kg.

Onions are widely grown in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat. Although there is sufficient demand but the availability of current stock is for next 20-25 days only. The prices are low but if the arrivals remain low in the coming two weeks, there is bound to be a steep increase in the prices. This will benefit the farmers who are planning to take the harvest to market by mid October.

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