Onion seed prices in Maharashtra touch Rs 6,000/kg on acute shortage

The onion farmers in Maharashtra have been complaining of a major shortage of onion seeds as they are now preparing for rabi sowing. Onion seeds are being sold at Rs 4,500-6,000 per kg in Nashik at present which is a major and important onion growing belt in the state.

Usually, the onion seeds are being sold at Rs 1,500-1,800 per kg. In this season, the seeds are being sold at record prices that range between Rs 4,500 per kg to Rs 6,000 per kg, the member of Maharashtra State Onion Growers Association, Shailesh Patil said.

The nurseries in the northern belt of Maharashtra that falls in Kalwan, Satana, Malegaon, and Deola have been destroyed because of the untimely rains for the third time, he told, further adding that the imports might be required for saving the onion plantations. Nearly 10 lakh hectares comes under the rabi cultivation in Nashik district.

The private companies hold for 30-35% of seed supplies whereas, the farmers have account for the remaining 70% supply. 

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