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Distress sale of onion has aggravated farmers

Dharmagarh:20/6/17; Distress sale of onion has aggravated farmers’ woes in Kalahandi district.  After   months of hard work, the onion farmers are forced to sell their produce at a much lesser price than the normal market rate.

According to reports, the farmers are forced to sell onions at Rs 500 to Rs 600 per quintal which is barely sufficient to pay bill of the electricity consumed for farming.

As per horticulture department, 95 storage houses bearing a capacity of 25 metric tonne have been constructed in the district. As onion was sold at a price of Rs 40 to Rs 80 per kilogram last year, the onion farmers produced more crops expecting huge profit. But since the rate was fixed at Rs 15 per kilogram, the farmers had to face loss.

Assistant Director of Horticulture, Dharmagarh, Kishor Kumar Mahaling said, “All expected that surge in onion prices to Rs 40 and Rs 80 will fetch them great profit. They produced extra crops expecting good profit but this year the prices remained low so they had to face problems.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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