Onion (Photo Credits: Twitter)
Mumbai: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis has written to Union Minister of Industry and Commerce Piyush Goyal requesting that the ban on export of onions be withdrawn immediately. A day earlier, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar met Union Minister Piyush Goyal and appealed to lift the ban on onion exports. Pawar said that the decision has been taken suddenly to stop the export of onions, which the central government should reconsider.
In his letter, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis wrote, “There was a detailed communication on this subject by telephone and I requested you to immediately withdraw the ban on onion exports.” We request you once again to stop the export ban immediately. Maharashtra onion is demanded internationally and farmers of Maharashtra also get a fair price. The farmer is very hurt and sad because of the ban on exports. I hope you will take the appropriate decision immediately. ” Cereals, pulses, onions will be outside the purview of the Essential Commodities Act, two ordinances approved
Former Maharashtra CM & BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis
writes to Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, requesting him to lift the ban on onion exports pic.twitter.com/fWHWfbzJJM
– ANI (@ANI) September 16, 2020
Former Union Minister told Piyush Goyal that onion growers of Maharashtra are very angry with this decision. NCP President Sharad Pawar tweeted, “Onion exported from India is in good demand in the international market and we have always been exporting onions. But with the sudden decision of the Center, India’s image in the international market will suffer. “
To address this issue, I met Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Shri. Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) today and apprised him of the plight of onion growers. I pointed out to him that these onion growers are mainly small landholders and Jirait farmers.@PMOIndia #onionexportban
– Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) September 15, 2020
In Nashik, Maharashtra, one of the world’s largest onion mandis, farmers took to the streets on Tuesday to protest against the ban on onion exports. Farmers demonstrated in Mungse, Pimpalgaon, Nampur and Umraan markets. Onion bids started at the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) of Lasalgaon, Asia’s largest onion market, at Rs 2,220 per quintal on Tuesday morning, which angered farmers. Demonstrating farmers said that onion prices averaged Rs 2,950 per quintal on Monday, which fell to 2,700 hours after the decision to ban exports.
It is noteworthy that onion prices were increasing rapidly in the last one month, due to which the burden was increasing on the pockets of the general public. As a result, the central government banned the export of all kinds of onions. However, this decision has gone unpunished to all the onion growers of the country including Maharashtra.