Harish urges Centre to share 50% onion procurement cost

Hyderabad: Marketing and Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao has urged the Centre to share 50 per cent of cost to procure 53,000 tons of onion from farmers in the state. In a letter addressed to Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh, the minister apprised him of collapse in onion prices due to rise in production in various states. There is a need for extending a helping hand to onion farmers in crisis as they do not get minimum support price to their produce in the open market. The Telangana government intervened and pressed the marketing wing to procure 1.35 lakh quintals of onions from farmers of Jogulamba Gadwal district by paying about Rs 10.81 crore. To help the farmers in crisis, the state government paid Rs 800 per quintal. Keeping their future in view, the Centre has to share 50 per cent of procurement cost, Harish Rao said.

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