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Maharashtra Government offers subsidy to farmers producing onions

Maharashtra Govt. provides Subsidy to onion-producing Farmers. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde declared a Rs. 300 per quintal subsidy to the farmers who are producing onions in the state of Maharashtra. Since the past two months, the state of Maharashtra has witnessed a drop in the price of onions. Due to this, the worries of the farmers have increased. The state even appointed a committee to help provide relief to the farmers who are cultivating and producing onions.

Steps taken by the Committee

The committee came up with the solution of providing the farmers with a subsidy of Rs. 300 per quintal as a concession. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde took note of this idea introduced by the committee. He later made an announcement and said that the onion production during the Kharif season was the most productive and significant.

The main reason for the decline in the price of onions in the state of Maharashtra is not related to the farmers at all. The drop in rates has happened because of the increased production of onions in other neighboring states. Due to this very reason, the price of onions has significantly fallen. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde mentioned that since onions are definitely a perishable crop, the Minimum Support Price scheme (MSP) cannot be applied to it. Because of this, the committee had to come up with a different idea to help the farmers. CM Shinde also added that onion was a very important cash crop in Maharashtra. That is why it is important to provide the onion-producing farmers with a subsidy.

Considering CM Eknath Shinde’s decision, the NCP leader, Chhagan Bhujbal mentioned that since onions are an important cash crop, the production cost of onions has also increased. Due to this, the farmers are also asking for an increase in the subsidy provided to them. They are demanding Rs. 1000 subsidy per quintal instead of Rs. 300 subsidy per quintal. “We expected a subsidy of Rs 500, but by giving Rs 300 as a subsidy, the government has done injustice to farmers,” he said. For more such updates and important headlines, subscribe to STMN News. Punjab Farmers protest in front of Jantar Mantar

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