18/03/2023 05:58 PM | Click to read full article
Onions have brought tears to many a government’s eye, and the long march of 20,000 angry farmers and Adivasis from Nashik to Mumbai this past week has been no exception. What prompted the 200-km walk was the sharp fall in onion prices in Maharashtra from Rs 1,100 per quintal to Rs 450. This was compounded in some parts of the state by unseasonal rain and hailstorm, destroying the standing crop. In some villages, farmers threw their onion stocks into the fire as part of Holika.