Maharashtra extends compensation deadline to December 31

Maharashtra government today elongated the scope of the compensation that will be given to onion farmers.

Before, the state government had announced compensation of Rs 200/quintal for up to maximum 200 quintals per farmer for those farmers who had sold their onion between November 1 to December 15, 2018. Today, farmers who sold onions from December 15 to December 31 will also be eligible to get compensation.

The Government Resolution published today said: “As onion prices continued to remain subdued even after December 15, elected representatives, farmers, and farmers’ organizations had demanded an extension of the period of onion incentives to December 31.”

The minimum onion price at the benchmark Lasalgaon APMC in Nashik was Rs 1.51/kg, while the maximum price was Rs 7/kg on January 30, 2019.

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