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Centre alleges Odisha govt’s apathy towards onion farmers




 Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said farmers in Odisha are incurring heavy losses due to sharp decline in price of onion.

He said onion is being sold for Rs 3-4 per kilogram in markets across the State. Singh said the Central government has a scheme called Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) to help farmers in such situations. Under the scheme, if agricultural produce goes up by 10 pc and market value dips by 10 pc, then based on the recommendations of the State government, the Centre can order sale of such agricultural produce at existing market price. The financial burden of this scheme is borne on a 50:5- basis by both the Central and State governments.

The union minister said the State government does not seem inclined to provide relief to the onion farmers. He added that the State government is hesitant to bear the financial burden under the market intervention scheme. “The Centre has received no request from the State government to implement MIS in case of onion”, Singh stated.
He said while the previous UPA government in 2015-16 had granted Rs 71,300 crore for agriculture, the amount was raised to Rs 1,81,663 crore during the current NDA government. The Union Minister alleged that the State government has failed to utilize the funds meant for development of agriculture and welfare of farmers in Odisha.





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