Nafed to procure 1 lakh tonnes of onions

Countrywide Agricultural Cooperative Advertising Federation of India Limited (Nafed), which has been questioned to procure 1 lakh tonnes of onions by the Centre, has currently commenced procurement in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat in a move to stabilise onion rates, a launch stated on Sunday.

It has currently ordered twenty five,000 tonnes of the bulb as a result of farmer producer organisations, cooperative societies as nicely as as a result of immediate buy centres.

Presently, the onion rates for honest typical excellent is ranging from ₹1,000-1,400 a quintal, dependent on the place. The retail rates in important cities are ruling in the vary of ₹20-30 a kg.

The Nafed procurement will have the dual benefit of stabilising domestic rates of onion as nicely as building a buffer stock of 1 lakh tonnes which can be utilized for the duration of the lean creation months. Similarly, the federation has currently questioned the Condition governments to notify it in advance how a lot quantity of the bulbs they would require for the duration of the lean interval — which falls in between August and November.

“This will facilitate timely evacuation of the saved onion in a prepared manner to have a salutary result on the retail rates, which are inclined to go up in the interval late August to November. Additional, this will assistance in cutting the storage losses,as lengthy length of storage involves higher storage reduction to the extent of 35 for every cent, which receives compounded due to adverse temperature ailments, as documented last 12 months,” the Nafed assertion stated.

According to a top rated Nafed official, the federation plans to acquire seventy five,000 tonnes of the kitchen staple from farmers in Maharashtra, which is a important onion-escalating Condition


To facilitate higher procurement, Nafed extra an supplemental storage capability of 30,000 tonnes in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. It currently has a storage house of seventy five,000 tonnes — both equally have and hired.

According to the official, the federation has been building much more storage house on cluster product at farm gate in the onion-escalating regions considering that 2018. This has assisted Nafed to boost its procurement target, delivering the market place guidance to the onion growers.

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