The Karnataka government has decided to buy 23 lakh metric tonnes of onion grown in three-and-a-half lakh acres of land. The government has announced that it will buy onions at ₹6.24 per kg.


This support price will be effective from November 2. It will buy the onions through taluk centres of APCMC in all the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMC).


As onions are grown in large quantity in North Karnataka, the purchase will be done at Dharwad, Gadag, Davanagere, Chitradurga, Bellary, Chikkamagalur, Haveri, Belagavi, Vijayapur, Raichur and Koppal districts.


However, the government is yet to make a decision on the way to store and export the stock procured from APMCs.


Farmers were in the lurch as the onions were being purchased at one rupee from the farmers. However, in the retail shops' onion is still being sold at ₹15 to ₹18 in and around Bengaluru.


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