Onion auctions at all 15 Agriculture Produce Market Committee markets in Nashik district began on Wednesday, ending a two-day stalemate between traders and workers over wages to the latter. This also puts to rest, for the time being, the fear of the bulb getting dearer.
Stocks piled up at the markets on Monday and Tuesday after mathadi workers struck work to to press for a hike in their payment – levy – from 34 per cent to 44 per cent, prompting the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB) to intervene.
At a meeting with farmers, traders and workers, managing director of MSAMB, Milind Akre, on Tuesday evening assured the aggrieved parties that a decision on the issue would be given by July 10, after a committee entrusted with reviewing the situation submits its report to the cabinet. This defused the crisis.
Through Wednesday, APMC markets at Lasalgaon, Pimpalgaon Baswant, Niphad and other places were bustling with activities. Onion prices are now expected remain stable till July 10, said sources.
At the end of the day, the average bulb price at Pimpalgaon Baswant market was Rs1,311 a quintal. The commodity showed a similar trend at Niphad where it was Rs1,200 a quintal. The average price was Rs1,400 last week.