Govt to buy onion at Rs 6.24 per kg

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BENGALURU: In a relief to onion growers reeling under the price crash, the government has decided to extend Rs 6.24 per kg support price for the vegetable in the market.

Law and parliamentary affairs minister TB Jayachandra on Thursday said the government will begin procurement from November 2 through the Agriculture Produces Marketing Federation.

“The government was hoping the Centre would come to farmers’ rescue, but there is no such provision in the central guidelines to extend support price for produces grown in more than 1 lakh acres of land. Onion is grown in Karnataka in over three and a half lakh acres across 10 districts,” he added.

Compensation for Cauvery basin farmers

The government has decided to release compensation to farmers in the Cauvery basin. They’ll get Rs 13,500 per acre, and compensation will be first paid to those who didn’t take up farming. “No farming was taken up in over 88,000 acres in the Cauvery basin,” Jayachandra said, quoting a recent survey.