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District administration to procure A-grade onion at Rs. 500 a quintal

  • Administration to procure A-grade onion at Rs. 500 a quintal
  • Farmers had earlier refused to sell their produce seeking MSP

    Raichur: The procurement of onion at the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) yard is going on smoothly following the decision of the district administration to procure A-grade onion at Rs. 500 a quintal.

    Farmers in the district had grown onion on about 2,000 hectares of land during this kharif season. The APMC has registered the arrival of about 2,000 quintals of onion daily.

    The district administration, which set up a procurement centre at the APMC, had fixed Rs. 270 a quintal for B-grade and Rs. 100 a quintal for C-grade under the Floor-Price Scheme. But the farmers refused to sell their produce at the procurement centre as the price for A-grade onion was not announced. Farmers had staged a rasta roko agitation at Vatgal Cross in Manvi taluk on Thursday demanding that the Government fix a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs. 500 for A-grade onion.

    Agricultural Marketing Minister Sharanabasappa Darshanapur, who visited APMC here on Friday, had promised to meet the demand of the onion growers in the district when the leaders of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha submitted a memorandum to him in this regard.

    The District Task Force headed by Deputy Commissioner Tushar Girinath, which convened a meeting with officials of the Revenue and the Agriculture Departments, the APMC and the leaders of farmers, has now decided to procure A-grade onion at Rs. 500 a quintal.

    According to Deputy Commissioner, the district administration had asked the Government to release Rs. 34 lakh to procure onion at the procurement centre. Recently, it released Rs. 10 lakh and promised to release additional funds when required. The district administration has given powers to the sub-tahsildars of Kavital and Sirwar hoblies in Manvi taluk to release permits to growers to sell their produce at the procurement centre at APMC.

    Payment in cheques

    The procurement of onion will continue till December 15 and payment will be made through cheques. It appealed to the onion farmers to bring their produce to the procurement centre in APMC yard.

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