Nashik/New Delhi: Wholesale prices of onion Monday dropped by almost half to about Rs 17 a kg in the main producing region of Nashik in Maharashtra triggering a protest by farmers against the sudden drop in rates.
Hundreds of farmers staged dharna in front of main gate of APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) office at Lasalgaon in the day to protest the sharp slide in the rate.
Police had to use mild cane charge to disperse the agitating onion growers, sources in the Lasalgaon police said.
They, however, said that there was no report of injury to anybody.
Wholesale prices of onion at Lasalgaon in Nashik fell to Rs 17 a kg against Rs 32 a kg yesterday, according to the data by National Horticultural Research Development Foundation (NHRDF).
Arrival of onion in Lasalgaon was 14,520 tonnes against 6,155 tonnes yesterday.
Similarly, the wholesale prices of onion at another major producing region Pimpalgaon in Nashik fell to Rs 18/kg Monday vis-a-vis Rs 31 a kg Sunday. Arrival of onion there was recorded at 10,840 tonnes on January 24.
There were reports of crashing of wholesale prices of the kitchen staple in other main markets of Nashik like Manmad and Malegaon too.
The wholesale price of onion had peaked to Rs 40 per kg in the wholesale markets of Nashik last week. It has been showing declining trend before plummeting sharply Monday.