Around 1 lakh Ha of farm land is taken up in Maharashtra for Kharif onions.The slump in onion prices seems to have discouraged several farmers from going for the crop this kharif season. If early reports from both the directorate of horticulture as well as the Nashik-based National Horticulture Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF) are indicative, the kharif crop of onion seems to be heading south, which would result in a shortage in the market later on.The July onion crop report prepared by NHRDF states that for the current kharif season (2016-17), farmers have lifted seed for about 10,000 hectares (Ha) area. “Sowing of seed started after the onset of rains in Maharashtra. Even after good rains during the last 15 days, farmers are not preferring onion crop due to low prices prevailing in the markets,” the report said.
Around 1 lakh Ha of farm land is taken up in Maharashtra for Kharif onions. Last year had seen just 35,000 Ha of land under onion cultivation due to drought. The report goes on to paint a similar picture for across the country with farmers preferring vegetables or maize to onions.