Mumbai: A farmer belonging to Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar who received a paltry sum of six rupees sent the money to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in protest against the crashing onion price.
The farmer, Shreyas Abhale, on Sunday told PTI, “I earned Rs 2,916 when I brought 2,657 kg of onion to Sangamner wholesale market. After paying Rs 2,910 for labour and transportation, I was left with just Rs 6.”
The disappointed farmer decided to draw the attention of the Chief Minister to his situation. Highlighting the price crisis, the farmer reportedly said, “I have spent almost Rs two lakh for the onion crop and have earned just Rs six. I do not know how I am going to clear other dues.”
The bumper production of onions has devastated the onion-growers in Nashik and Ahmednagar districts. In a similar incident that occurred recently, an onion-grower from Niphad taluka in Nashik district sent his meagre earnings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he was forced to sell his produce for a little over Rs 1 per kg.
Farmer Sanjay Sathe donated Rs 1,064 he had received after selling 750 kg of onions to the Disaster Relief Fund of the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) through a money order.
Two onion farmers from Nashik district have allegedly committed suicide in the last two days, apparently due to debts and low rates commanded by the bulb in markets.
Meanwhile, a farmer from Nevasa taluka in Ahmednagar district has distributed 20 quintals of onions for free and put up a flex board in Marathi sarcastically thanking the Union and state governments for “keeping onion prices very low”.
“I am stooped to the level of a beggar because of this government,” said a farmer named Popatraon Wakchowre. Hailing from Punatgaon village, the farmer set up a donation box near him while selling onions in the weekly Sunday market. He added, “I own some agriculture land but I have to seek donation to clear my dues. I cannot repay just by selling my produce.”
(With PTI inputs)