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Onion storage centres planned in Kurnool

Special Correspondent

KURNOOL: The Marketing Department has planned ten ventilated onion storage centres at ten places in the district to help onion growers and insulate them from price escalations.

Kurnool district occupies the second place in onion production in the country after Nasik. The crop is cultivated in around 20,000 hectares every year. In most of the years, the farmers complained of poor prices and distress sale.

The Bellary Red variety, which is cultivated in Kurnool district has the lowest shelf life. Also, the farmers did not have any storage facility in case of slump.

The Marketing Department has been struggling to ensure fair prices to farmers every season.

The department planned to construct ten storage facilities under the National Horticulture Mission.

The godown would help farmers to store the stock for 90 days from the present practice of 30 days.

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