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Centre seeks report on plight of onion farmer who sent paltry earnings to PM

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Taking cognisance of an onion grower's act of sending his earnings to the after getting paltry returns for his produce, the Centre has sought a detailed report on the matter from the government, an said Tuesday.

Sanjay Sathe, a from Niphad tehsil in district, had claimed on Sunday that he fetched only Rs 1,064 for his produce of 750 kg onion this season.

In protest, the said, he had sent a money order addressed to "Narendra Modi, of India" of Rs 1,064 to the on November 29.

"We have been asked by the on behalf of the Centre to submit a detailed report about onion production in the region and the actual condition of the who sent the money order.

"At present, the onion production has increased for sure in region. We have mentioned all these facts in the report and submitted it to the We will wait for further instructions," Nashik's told

Sathe said he was hopeful that the Centre will take some action for the benefit of all onion growers in the region.

"My act of sending the money order was merely to express the frustration and plight of my (farming) community," the cultivator said.

district in north accounts for 50 per cent of onion production in

Sathe, who was among the handful of 'progressive farmers' selected by the for an interaction with then US Barack Obama, when he visited in 2010, had said on Sunday that he does not represent any political party, but was angry because of the government's "apathy" towards the farmer's woes.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 19:00 IST