Auctioning of onions in all APMC markets in Nashik district, Maharashtra, will resume on Thursday. Traders, who had been protesting against the imposition of a 40 percent export duty on onions, have decided to withdraw their agitation. A representative of the traders conveyed this decision on Wednesday. The resolution was taken during a meeting between the traders-exporters, farmers’ representatives, and Union Minister Dr. Bharti Pawar on Wednesday.
After the meeting with Nashik traders’ representatives, Pawar also stated that a representative from Nashik informed the gathering that they were retracting the decision to halt the onion auctioning at APMCs and will restart the process. They will appeal to the central government to reconsider the imposition of a 40 percent export duty on onions.
Pawar, who is the Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and a Member of Parliament from Dindori in Nashik, said, “Today, after the meeting at the Collector’s office, Deore informed that they are withdrawing the decision to halt the onion auctioning at APMCs and will restart the process from tomorrow. The decision has been taken in the interest of the farmers.”
Additionally, in collaboration with APMC and NEFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd.), the purchase of onions will continue. Farmers will be able to decide where they want to sell their onions and will have the freedom to choose the best price for their produce. The welfare of the farmers and state governments remains paramount.
Traders have made a valuable contribution to the export of onions and have played a significant role. In the ongoing discussion, traders’ concerns have been taken into consideration, and a decision by the government will surely be in their favor.
The meeting was attended by District Collector Jalaj Sharma, MLA Rahul Aher from Chandwad, and officials from NEFED. While auctions in almost all APMC markets in the district, including Lasalgaon, were suspended on Wednesday, the Vinchur sub-committee of the Lasalgaon APMC did conduct auctions.