Thousands of quintal of rotting onions stored at numerous warehouses across Madhya Pradesh now become cause of concerned for warehouse owners as well as hundreds of fair price shop owners in the state as no one is ready to buy onion even at throwaway price.
Earlier, on August 23 failed to store thousands of quintal of rotting onions, state government had decided to give away onions for free of cost to fair price shops owners so that they can sell this through Public Distribution System at Re 1 per kilogram so to recover transportation costs.
However no shop owner has turn to the warehouses in Jhabua, Alirajpur district even after four days sayings it will left them on losing side.
As per the information, as many 267 fair price shops are in Jhabua district, but nobody has turned to warehouse so far.
Fair price shop owners claimed that it will bad option for them even if government offering them onion at free of cost.
Jaiprakash Patidar, one of the fair price shop owner from Ranpur said that, “Though government is offering us onion at free of cost, but it will end up us on losing side. Though government allowed us to sell onion at a token Re1/kg, but it’s too less to recover transportation cost and other expenses and if we sell this onion at quite higher rate, no consumer will purchase it and quality of onion was not upto the mark after it was stored in a warehouses for long. So it’s better to stay away from the deal,” Patidar said.
MARKFED district marketing officer Subhash Saxena claimed that currently over 24,042 quintal onion are stored in different warehouse in the district and out of which over 5,000 quintal onion have already rot and we need to disposed it as quick as possible.
If this is no enough, daily over 60 quintal onion getting rotten due to extreme weather condition in this part of the state.
Saxena claimed that that major problem is the warehouses which we have is constructed and equipped to store food grain, not onion and the rain has made it worse.
“To avoid farmer incurred big lose, government has bought onion from farmer at Rs six per kilogram between June 1 and 26 and it’s cause of concern for everyone of us,” he added.
Apart from selling onion through fair price shop, the state began looking for options to sell off procured onions but the prices offered by bidders were too low.
With 1,11,000 hectares of area under onion cultivation in MP, farmers had to throw away their produce as prices nosedived to `0.20/kg. After chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced procurement of onion at `6/kg on June 1, 10.4 lakh quintals of onion were procured across the state by June 30. But as the state did not have adequate storage facility, the bulbs started rotting in the monsoon.