Maharashtra authorities to jot down to Centre for onion export ban roll-back

Maharashtra government to write to Centre for onion export ban roll-back

Mumbai: Amid protests in elements of Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday stated the state authorities will write to the Centre looking for lifting of the ban imposed on export of onions.

Thackeray made the remark in a cupboard assembly after state ministers expressed resentment over the Centre’s choice to ban the export of onions, an announcement from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) stated.

According to the assertion, the CM stated his authorities will write to the Centre looking for a roll-back of the ban which can have an effect on a lot of onion growers in Maharashtra, a key producer of the commodity.

The assertion stated principal secretary Anup Kumar knowledgeable the cupboard that in 2018-19, 21.83 lakh metric tonne of onion was exported from Maharashtra and the outbound cargo was 18.50 lakh metric tonne in 2019-20.

Minister Eknath Shinde stated 4 lakh metric tonne of export-bound onion was stranded at JNPT close to Mumbai, whereas 500 onion-laden vans from the state had been caught at borders with Nepal and Bangladesh, it stated.

The Centre on Monday banned the export of all forms of onions with quick impact, a transfer aimed toward growing availability and curbing costs of the commodity within the home market.

Meanwhile, the Congress, a constituent of the MVA authorities in Maharashtra, on Wednesday held state-wide protests in opposition to the Centre’s choice.

“Even as farmers within the state had simply began to get well from COVID-19-induced losses, the Modi authorities has as soon as once more dashed their hopes.

“At a time when onion crop was fetching good price in the market, the Modi government suddenly decided to ban its export, causing huge losses to farmers,” stated state Congress president and income minister Balasaheb Thorat.

“There is intense anger amongst farmers in opposition to this choice of the Modi authorities and the state authorities stands firmly with them.

“The Congress agitation will continue till the Union government revokes the ban on onion export,” Thorat stated.

In Nashik district, the onion hub of the state, Congress employees protested in opposition to “anti-farmer policies” of the central authorities by sporting onion garlands round their necks.

Protests had been additionally held in Pune, Ahmednagar Thane and Solapur, amongst different districts of Maharashtra.

Thorat stated the MVA authorities is extending a serving to hand to farmers who’ve suffered losses as a consequence of floods or heavy rains, however the Modi dispensation has not come to their support.

The earlier choice by the Centre to import milk powder resulted in hundreds of tonnes of the meals merchandise mendacity with dairy farmers, leading to a drop in costs, the Congress chief stated.

Now, the simply imposed ban on export has led to onion costs crashing by Rs 700-800 per quintal, Thorat stated.

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