Onion auctions at Lasalgaon — the country’s largest wholesale market for the bulb — have been called off for a week till April 25 after traders refused to participate following ain the region.
Nandkumar Daga, president of the Lasalgaon Onion Traders’ Association, said Lasalgaon haddaily. “Several traders and farmers from other regions visit Lasalgaon to participate in the auctions, and it has become tough to control overcrowding.
Breaking this chain of risingmany traders and farmers have tested positive. Therefore, the association has decided not to participate in auctions from Monday till April 25,” Daga told FE.
Narendra Wadhavane, secretary-Lasalgaon, Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Nashik, said the committee officials had been forced toclosed since onion and grain traders had refused to participate in auctions. At least six traders have , and two market committee officials have succumbed to the virus. “There is no point in holding auctions if the traders are not present,” he said. Madhavan said APMC officials were in talks with traders to convince them to resume operations in a couple of days. Now, only Lasalgaon APMC and Vinchur sub-market-yard are not functioning. The remaining 13 . On Friday, the modal prices of onions at Lasalgaon were Rs 755 per quintal, with the maximum prices at Rs 899 per quintal and minimum prices at Rs 400 per quintal. Market arrivals were to the tune of 14,400 quintals.
, the marketing directorate issued a circular stating that market committees in the state cannot remain closed for more than three days in a row. The Lasalgaon APMC secretary said although the government had issued the directives, the market committee officials had to consider the current situation to prevent a rise in . Lasalgaon Gram Panchayat has called for a week-long janata curfew to ‘break the chain’ of .
Around eight porters and some staffers at the Partner Agriculture Market Committee in Ahmednagar district have. The market committee has decided to keep auctions closed till April 30. Market committee officials at Partner said farmers feared bringing their produce to the market because of the , so the auctions would remain closed until the end of the month.