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Subsidy for onion warehouses

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JAIPUR: Rajasthan Agriculture Minister Harjiram Burdak on Thursday said subsidy was being provided to farmers for low-cost onion warehouses under the Centrally-sponsored National Horticulture Mission. All the applicant farmers are getting the subsidy without any time limit.

Mr. Burdak said during question hour in the State Assembly that about 20 applications for subsidy had been received and all of them approved. He said onion was not covered among the crops with the provision for minimum support price: “MSP is decided by the Union Government, though the State governments are consulted in the matter.”

CPI (Marxist) MLA Amra Ram, who asked the original question, disputed the Minister's claim and alleged that applications of several farmers willing to establish onion storehouses were rejected.

Mr. Burdak said there was a provision in the National Horticulture Mission for subsidy amounting to 50 per cent or a maximum of Rs.50,000 for low-cost onion warehouses with the capacity of 25 metric tonnes. He said there was no proposal under consideration for establishing a corporation to give remunerative prices for onions to farmers.

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