Abolish export duty on onions: LoP

Mumbai, Aug 22 (UNI) Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council and Shiv Sena (UBT) leader, Ambadas Danve, on Tuesday demanded to abolish export duty on onions.

Criticising the central and the state governments, he alleged that the Centre’s decision to levy 40 per cent export duty on onions is an attempt to financially ruin the onion farmers in the country.

The state government had promised to give subsidy of Rs 350 per quintal to onion growing farmers, but till today, the promise of giving subsidy to onion farmers has not been fulfilled as yet, he noted.

Continuing his attack on the government, the Opposition leader alleged that the import-export policy is not beneficial for the farmers but traders.

Stating that there is no need for the government to be pretentious on the onions issue, Danve warned that agitation of the onion producers will ignite.

Meanwhile, the central government today took a decision to purchase two lakh metric tonnes of onions through NAFED and NCCF at Rs 2,410 per quintal, after state Agriculture minister Dhananjay Munde met Ccommerce Minister Piyush Goyal in this regard.

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