New Delhi: Export ban on onion had an instant reaction, with prices of the kitchen staple dropping by up to Rs 4 per kg in the wholesale market here, but peeved over the decision, farmers launched agitation in key producing regions of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Wholesale rates of onion dropped to Rs 8-13 per kg in Azadpur market (Asia's biggest wholesale fruits & vegetables market) today against Rs 8-17 per kg yesterday, Surendra Budhi Raj, President of Azadpur based Onion Merchants Association told reporters.
The fall in the wholesale prices is expected to have a reflection on the retail markets from tomorrow. Onion is selling at Rs 25 a kg in retail in Delhi and NCR now.
Yesterday, the government had decided to put a ban on onion exports to control retail prices of the bulb and the notification to this effect has been issued today.
But, the farmers in the major producing regions of Maharashtra and Karnataka have launched an agitation against the ban, saying it is hitting hard on their livelihood. In Nashik (Maharashtra) farmers today boycotted onion auctions at various Agriculture Produce Market Committees APMC) protesting against ban on bulb's export.
Farmers boycotted onion auctions at Lasalgaon, Pimpalgaon, Manmad, Kalwan and other APMCs and urged the Centre to lift the ban with immediate effect contending that they will face huge losses otherwise, APMC sources said.
APMC sources at Lasalgaon told PTI that no trading was possible since morning.
Onion growers staged a 'jail bharo' at Kalwan APMC. Farmers hit the streets in Karnataka too demanding lifting ban on onion exports.
Onion traders in Bangalore said that farmers and traders held protest dharna in front of APMC at Yashwantpur near Bangalore demanding opening up of onion exports.
Onion prices crashed in Bangalore from Rs 1,000-1,200 a quintal yesterday to Rs 600-900 per quintal today, they added.