If all goes as per Maharashtra governments plans, farmers in the state will get a new market in Assam and West Bengal, where there is a huge demand for onions, grapes, pomegranate and eggs.
Minister of State for Agricluture Sadabhau Khot recently visited Assam and West Bengal to see if there were any market opportunities for Maharashtra in these two states.
"These two states have a huge demand for onions, grapes, pomegranates and eggs. Currently, Kolkata gets most stock of onions from Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. If these states can sell their products, why cant we?" Khot said. The minister also met traders in Assam.
"We have decided to supply onion and fruits to Assam through railway wagons and Maharashtra has prepared the proposal. We are awaiting a response from Assam and an agreement between us will then be made," Khot said.
He said there are 700 working groups of fruit producers in the state and each group consists of 50 farmers, that provide farm products across the country.
"Farmers groups will get an assured market and a good price for their produce. In Maharashtra, onion prices range between Rs 500-Rs 1,400 per quintal, whereas the same onion is priced at Rs 2,000 per quintal in Assam.
"Even if we add transport expenses, our farmers will get a benefit of at least Rs 700 per quintal," Khot said.