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Maha Over 40 000 applications for 75 onion storage facilities

Aurangabad,  The agriculture department in
Aurangabad district has received over 40,000 applications for
75 onion storage facilities to be allotted by the Maharashtra
government here this year, an official said.
The storage structures are provided to farmers under
the Maha Falotpadan Vikas Abhiyan, the official from the
agriculture department here told PTI on Monday.
Some cultivators are now demanding that the facilities
be provided to all applicants.
Last year, nearly 13,000 applications were received
and about 1,000 onion storage structures were alloted to
farmers here, the official said.
Onion has been cultivated on about 20,000 hectare land
in the district during the current season, he informed.
This year, Aurangabad has been allotted 75 onion
storage structures, each costing Rs 87,500, he said.
“We have received 40,623 applications online this year
for these structures,” the official said.
He said farmers apply for a number of government
schemes with a hope of getting benefit of some or the other
welfare initiative, and this is one of the reasons for the
increase in the number of applications.
The allotment of the storage facilities is done
through an online lottery system and shortlisted farmers are
then asked to submit their documents which are verified
physically, the official said.
Since 2015, more than 4,500 onion storage facilities
have been alloted in the district, he added.
Former sarpanch of Aurangabad’s Palkhed village,
Nandkishor Jadhav, has demanded a change in the process of
allotment of these storage facilities.
“The number of farmers taking up cultivation of onion
is growing. The storage facilities should be given to everyone
who demands it. The Palkhed gram panchayat had earlier
submitted a memodrandum regarding this to Chief Minister
Uddhav Thackeray,” Jadhav said. PTI