Due to the poor wholesale price of onions, onion farmers in Nashik’s Lasalgaon APMC have postponed auctions today. A protest against the government was also organised by the Maharashtra State Onion Grower’s Association.
“We incur a cost of Rs 50,000 per acre to grow onions, while we earn only Rs 10,000-20,000 for the produce sold. It has come to a point that we are considering suicide. The Modi government should help us,” says a farmer.
According to today’s statement from the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry, exports of onions worth $523.8 million were shipped between April and December 2022, representing a 16.3% annual growth. There is no limitation on the export of onions from India.
The export of onions is currently unrestricted and falls under the category of “Free” in terms of trade policy.
“There is no ban on onion exports from India to any country and misleading statements suggesting the contrary is unfortunate. In Fact, from July-December 2022, onion exports have consistently been above the USD 40 million mark every month, benefiting our Annadatas,” Union commerce minister Piyush Goyal tweeted in reply to an Opposition parliamentarian’s question on the overall onion trade policy.