The State Agriculture Minister Kurasala Kannababu has said it will provide onions on subsidy to consumers at regional farmers’ markets in all district centers from Saturday and gradually in all areas from Monday.

The Minister started the subsidised onion distribution programme at Swaraj Maidan farmers’ market in Vijayawada. On this occasion, he said that in the wake of rising onion prices in the market, the government has taken steps to sell onions for Rs 40.

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, two days ago, after the review on the subject of onion subsidy has given clear directions for procurement of onions. Accordingly, 6 thousand quintals of onions are procured form Maharashtra and other places. Arrangements have been made to bring in from anywhere else where there is availability.

We are taking steps to sell onions with subsidy at farmers’ markets in all district centres from Saturday and from Monday gradually to farmers’ markets in all regions eventually. Onions are being offered at a discount per kg for each consumer. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy responded swiftly to the shortage crisis and made arrangements to provide onions with subsidy.

Every year 12000 quintals arrived at the Kurnool market but now only 1500 to 2000 quintals are coming to the markets. Most of onion import came from Maharashtra but due to heavy rains crop was destroyed and yield was affected heavily. A similar shortage came earlier but the State government under the leadership of CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy allotted 60cr to sell onions at a subsidy to consumers.

Farmers as well as consumers are our top priority. Any artificial creation of shortage by dealers/sellers will be treated severely. Covid measures will be followed at markets, he said.

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