Nafed procures 25,000 tonnes of onion so far to create buffer stock – Times of India: NEW DELHI: Nafed on Sunday mentioned it has procured 25,000 tonnes of onion so removed from farmer producer organisations (FPOs), cooperatives and direct buy centres on the prevailing charges for making a buffer inventory on behalf of the federal government.

Nafed procures 25,000 tonnes of onion so far to create buffer stock – Times of India

Final yr, the Nafed had bought a complete of 57,000 tonnes of onion from the 2018-19 rabi (winter) crop. The goal this time is to purchase 1 lakh tonnes of key kitchen staple from the main producing states, it mentioned.

“This initiative may have twin good thing about stabilising the home costs of onion within the COVID-19 time as nicely and create an all-time excessive buffer stocking of 1 lakh tonne which can be utilised for the lean months,” Nationwide Agricultural Cooperative Advertising Federation of India (Nafed) mentioned in an announcement.

It has already bought 25,000 tonnes on the prevailing charges. Onion is being bought from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat from FPOs, cooperatives in addition to direct buy centres.

At present, the onion costs for truthful common high quality are starting from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,400 per quintal, relying on the placement. The retail costs in main cities at current are ruling within the vary of Rs 20 to Rs 30 per kg.

Within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nafed mentioned common digital overview conferences are being held with FPOs, member cooperative societies and branches to observe the progress of procurement, as floor challenges stay as a result of lethal illness.

At some locations, pre-monsoon showers are affecting the tempo of procurement.
This season, the providers of technical consultants for higher upkeep of the inventory are additionally being taken in an try to chop into the storage losses, it mentioned.

Additional, a pilot is being carried out for storage of onion after irradiation in Madhya Pradesh to judge the achieve on account of shelf life and high quality protecting.

“It’s hoped that this initiative of Nafed will assist each the onion growers as nicely the customers,” it added.

About onion storage, Nafed mentioned the cooperative this yr has added its personal operational storage capability for onions in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh by 30,000 tonne, with the help of state governments.

It’s within the course of of making extra space for storing on cluster fashions at farm gates within the onion rising areas since 2018, it mentioned, including that this initiative has enabled the Federation to reinforce the procurement goal, offering market help to the onion growers.

In the meantime, Nafed mentioned it has additionally approached the state governments to ship their necessities of lean months upfront.

It will facilitate well timed evacuation of the saved onion in a deliberate method to have a salutary impact on the retail costs, which are inclined to go up within the interval late August to November.
Additional, it will assist in reducing the storage losses,as lengthy period of storage entails greater storage loss to the extent of 35 per cent, which will get compounded because of antagonistic climate situations, as reported final yr, it mentioned.

In addition to onion, Nafed is procuring pulses for buffer inventory.

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