Nashik: Sanjay Sathe, a Maharastra based onion farmer who received Rs 1,064 for selling 750 kg of onions donates this amount to PM relief fund as a mark of protest.
Sanjay Sathe, resident of Niphad tehsil in Nashik district, was among the handful of `progressive farmers’ selected by the Union agriculture ministry for an interaction with then US president Barack Obama when he visited India in 2010.
Speaking to media on Sunday Sathe said, 'I produced 750 kg of onion this season but was offered a rate of Rs 1 per kg at Niphad wholesale market last week.
'Finally I could negotiate a deal for Rs 1.40 per kg and received Rs 1,064 for 750 kg.'
'It was painful to see such paltry returns on four months of toil. Hence I have donated Rs 1,064 to Disaster Relief Fund of the PMO as a protest. I had to pay additional Rs 54 for sending it by money order,' he added.Sathe said he felt horrible to receive such paltry amount after toiling hard for four months and that’s why he decided to donate the money to Disaster Relief Fund of the PMO as a protest.
Nashik district in north Maharashtra accounts for 50 per cent of onion production in India.