Onion export ban latest news 2020 The Maharashtra government has expressed its displeasure after the central government imposed a ban on its exports to control wild prices of onions in retail markets. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has spoken to write a letter to the central government to lift the ban on exports. At the same time, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party, allies in the Government of Maharashtra, termed this move of the Central Government as ‘anti-farmer’, ‘Mahapap’ and ‘injustice’.
The Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office said in an official statement that after the state ministers expressed their anger over the central government banning onion exports, Chief Minister Thackeray asked to write a letter to the central government about it in the cabinet meeting. State Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), an ally in the coalition government of the state, termed the decision of the Center as anti-farmer and a ‘great sin’ to increase pressure on them.
Center prohibits exports as soon as farmers get good prices: NCP
In a meeting at NCP headquarters, Pawar said that the central government has stopped the export of onions at a time when farmers were getting good prices. This is completely wrong. It is clear that the central government is adopting an anti-farmer attitude. He said that onion growers are already facing Kovid-19 and now the central government has done a great deal to put more pressure on them by banning onion exports.
Onion prices fall due to ban on exports: Congress
Congress, another ally of the coalition government in the state, staged protests across the state over this decision of the Center. State Congress President and Maharashtra Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat said that onion prices have fallen due to the ban on exports. He said that the party will fight to get the farmers out of this ‘injustice’. Its performance will continue till the Central Government withdraws this decision.
Center not helping flood affected farmers: Thorat
Thorat said that onion prices have fallen by 700 to 800 rupees per quintal due to this decision of the central government. Farmers in the state are facing huge problems due to floods and cyclones. The state government is helping them as much as they can. But, the central government is not cooperating.
Onion exports fall: Principal Secretary
Maharashtra is a major onion producing state. The farmers here will be affected in a big way by this decision of the Central Government. State Principal Secretary Anup Kumar informed the Cabinet that in 2018-19, 21.83 lakh tonnes of onions were exported from the state, while in 2019-20 this figure was 18.50 lakh tonnes.
Onions stuck at the country’s borders and ports
State Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde said that due to this decision of the Center, four lakh tons of onions, which are meant for export, are stuck at Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai, while more than 500 trucks carrying onions of the state stuck on Nepal and Bangladesh border Huh.
More than 400 trucks going to Bangladesh are standing on the border of Malda
Meanwhile, Bhupathi Mandal, secretary of Mahadipur Clearing and Forwarding Agents Welfare Association of West Bengal, said that more than 400 onion-laden trucks going to Bangladesh are standing near the border in Malda district. At the same time, a Bangladeshi onion importer told that many of our troubles have increased due to the sudden ban. India is the largest country to export onions to us. The retail price of onions has increased from 50 taka to 70 taka in a single day. It is expected to grow further.
Fio expected relief from government
Meanwhile, Ajay Sahai, director general of the Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO), the exporters’ organization, said, “We hope that the government will give some relief for the orders which have already been booked.” The government may allow Bengaluru to export variety of onions daily. The Bangalore Rose variety is not as popular in India.