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Two onion-growers kill self in Nashik

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Two onion farmers from Maharashtra's district have allegedly committed suicide in the last two days, apparently due to indebtedness and low rates commanded by the bulb in markets, police said Sunday.

The deceased are identified as Tatyabhau Khairnar (44) and (33) who hailed from Baglan taluka in the north district.

Farmers in district, which accounts for 50 per cent of onion production in India, have claimed that they are unable to fetch good returns for their produce due to glut in production.

A Baglan taluka police Sunday said Khairnar allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his onion shed in Bhadane village Friday.

"No suicide note was found on his body," he said.

The said the relatives pf the deceased had claimed that he was unable to sell his 500 quintals of stored in the farm due to low rates.

"His family also maintained that Khairnar had an outstanding to the tune of Rs 11 lakh," he said,

In another incident, (33) consumed some Friday.

"Dhondage was found unconscious in his farm on Friday with a bottle of near him. He was rushed to Malegaon-based civil hospital where he died Saturday morning," police said.

"Dhondage's family members have said that his total outstanding loan is Rs 21 lakh and due to poor rates of in the wholesale market, he could not sell his produce," police said.

Both the cases have been registered with Jaikhed police station in Baglan taluka.

Bumper production of the kitchen staple has affected the farmers adversely.

An onion-grower from Niphad taluka in the district recently sent his earnings to to mark his protest after he was forced to sell his produce for little over Rs 1 per kg.

The farmer, Sanjay Sathe, had donated paltry Rs 1,064 he had received after selling 750 kg of to the Disaster Relief Fund of the PMO (Prime Minister's Office) through a money order.

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First Published: Sun, December 09 2018. 19:35 IST