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Farmers are being looted: Pawar on low onion prices

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

on Friday hit out at over low onion prices in district, accusing him and his government of not being concerned about farmers' "loot".

Those talking about adopting were not concerned about local farmers' woes, he said.

Ahead of Municipal Corporation polls last year, had said he would "adopt" the city if the voters reposed faith in the BJP.

Pawar was speaking at an event in Friday where former state from Nashik, Apurva Hiray, returned to the NCP fold after quitting the BJP.

Referring to a comment made by at the function, Pawar said, "Bhujbal talked about onions being sold at 50 -51 paise per kg.

"This is our (farmers') loot. And those who talked about adopting the district (Fadnavis) are not concerned despite this loot," he said.

When he read about the chief minister's comment, he was "surprised", Pawar said.

"Our forefathers are there to take care of us. We don't need someone from outside to adopt us....The community is our real father," he added.

Noting that in the past onions from Nashik were exported to countries such as Sri Lanka, the former union alleged that policies of the BJP-led government were responsible for the present situation.

An onion-grower from Nashik who had to sell his produce for as little as 5 per kg sent his earnings of Rs 1,064 to the recently.

Another from the district said Friday that he sent Rs 216 to after selling his onions at a rate of Rs 51 paise per kg.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 16:50 IST