Nafed to procure 1 lakh tonnes of onions

National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing and advertising Federation of India Constrained (Nafed), which has been requested…

National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing and advertising Federation of India Constrained (Nafed), which has been requested to procure one lakh tonnes of onions by the Centre, has now commenced procurement in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat in a transfer to stabilise onion prices, a release claimed on Sunday.

It has now acquired 25,000 tonnes of the bulb by way of farmer producer organisations, cooperative societies as nicely as by way of direct invest in centres.

Presently, the onion prices for truthful typical excellent is ranging from ₹1,000-one,400 a quintal, based on the location. The retail prices in significant cities are ruling in the array of ₹20-thirty a kg.

The Nafed procurement will have the twin profit of stabilising domestic prices of onion as nicely as developing a buffer stock of one lakh tonnes which can be made use of in the course of the lean manufacturing months. Similarly, the federation has now requested the Condition governments to tell it in progress how much quantity of the bulbs they would call for in the course of the lean time period — which falls in between August and November.

“This will aid timely evacuation of the stored onion in a planned way to have a salutary effect on the retail prices, which are inclined to go up in the time period late August to November. Even further, this will assistance in slicing the storage losses,as very long duration of storage involves bigger storage decline to the extent of 35 for every cent, which gets compounded because of to adverse temperature problems, as reported previous calendar year,” the Nafed assertion claimed.

In accordance to a prime Nafed official, the federation designs to purchase seventy five,000 tonnes of the kitchen staple from farmers in Maharashtra, which is a significant onion-growing Condition


To aid bigger procurement, Nafed added an further storage ability of thirty,000 tonnes in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. It now has a storage area of seventy five,000 tonnes — equally own and hired.

In accordance to the official, the federation has been developing additional storage area on cluster design at farm gate in the onion-growing areas given that 2018. This has aided Nafed to greatly enhance its procurement focus on, giving the current market assistance to the onion growers.

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