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Maths explained: Why a farmer got Rs 1 for selling 1,000 kg of onions

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Maths explained: Why a farmer got Rs 1 for selling 1,000 kg of onions

In a bizarre claim, a farmer has said he could earn only Re 1 from sale of nearly a tonne of onions at the district Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC).

According to Devidas Parbhane, 48, the fall in onion prices is already taking a toll and like him, several others have got a ‘raw deal’ despite a bumper crop this season.

“Every day, we are hearing news about farmer suicides from drought-hit regions. However, with onion prices touching new lows, farmers like me may be meeting the same fate,” said Parbhane, the sole bread-earner for his family of five.

Parbhane explains the math: he has two acres of farm land in which he grew onions by spending Rs 80,000.
“On May 10, I sent 952 kg of onions in 18 gunny bags through a truck to the Pune-based Agriculture Produce Market Committee and received Rs 16 per 10 kg. So, per one kg, it works to one rupee and sixty paise,” said Parbhane.

Read more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india...kg-of-onion/story-e0eAdcRZkcto5DsnRhmBGK.html
 
Whether the price is up or down, the traders / middlemen / lorry owners are all flourish; but the agriculturist always perish.
 
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