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Farmers In India Protest Crash In Onion Price

Report from India says, Farmers in the western state of Maharashtra, have set out on a 200km (124-mile) march to Mumbai, demanding higher prices for onions.

The protests have prompted the authorities to announce some financial relief for onion growers.

But the farmers have reportedly rejected the proposal saying they would continue their protest, BBC Marathi’s Anagha Pathak reports.

At Namdev Thakare’s vast family farm in Nashik district, rows and rows of onions lie rotting.

The farmer says he doesn’t want to spend money to hire labourers to harvest the onions and take them to market because he can’t recover the costs.

He is among thousands of farmers in Maharashtra who are protesting after onion prices suddenly crashed over the past few weeks.

One of them reportedly burnt his crop in desperation after sending an invitation to the state’s chief minister.

Others have posted parcels of onions to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bid to draw attention.

This is something that occurs almost every other year.

At around 24 million tonnes annually, India is the world’s second-largest producer of onions, behind China.

Maharashtra accounts for more than half of this.

About 10-15% of the countrywide produce is exported to other countries.


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