The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) has urged the State government to intervene in the crisis gripping onion growers in the wake of the crash in prices and purchase the commodity by paying a minimum support price (MSP). KRRS State convenor N. Nanje Gowda sought to caution the government against the possibility of onion farmers resorting to suicide in the light of the rock bottom prices.
The government should take action to provide minimum support price for onion, said N Nanje Gowda, convener, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha. He told reporters on Sunday that the government should step in to procure the crop from farmers above the production cost and save farmers who are in utter distress failing to repay loans.
“I have spent Rs. 40,000 an acre for cultivating onion. There is no problem with the yield as we got 40 quintal per acre. Even if we sold the crop at Rs. 500 a quintal, the maximum price in the market, we will get only half of what we have spent,” one of the farmers said. The farmers said that the price of onion has been almost stagnant since the harvest of the last summer crop. “Onion prices had fallen back then. They have not picked up. The fall in price is mainly due to heavy imports. Our governments are always ready to suffocate domestic farmers to satisfy their imperialist masters,” said Amaranna Gudihal, the State secretary of KRRS.