new Delhi: The onion is then removed. Due to the weak arrival of onion in the country, its price is increasing daily. Onion price has increased by 40-50 percent in the last one week. The wholesale price of Onion in Delhi's Azadpur Mandi on Thursday was Rs 30-46 per kg. At the same time, the price of good quality in Nashik, Maharashtra was Rs 50-55 per kg. Traders said that the stock of onion in the country is very low, hence the arrival in the mandis is weak.
2 governments have fallen onion
In India, there is a history of falling governments due to increase in onion prices. Onion prices were touching the sky in the year 1998. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government at the Center could not control it. During this time assembly elections were held in Delhi. The government of the then Sushma Swaraj of Delhi was selling cheap onions at various places by putting stalls, but the public did not get much benefit from it. The public showed their anger in voting and the Congress came to power under the leadership of Sheila Dixit. After 15 years, this history is repeated again. In the year 2013, the price of onion again increased sharply, due to which Sheila Dixit's government lost badly in the elections.
This time, the government reduced the minimum export price of onion to $ 850 per ton in the last week to stop the increase in onion prices. According to sources, after this step of the government, the possibility of export has reduced. An exporter from Nashik said that there has been a shortage of onion for food in the country, from where the export will be. He said that there is a shortage in Onion stock in all the southern states including Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu.
Traders said that at this time no more than 1,000-1,500 trucks of onion are being seen in any market.
Rajendra Sharma, a businessman of Azadpur mandi and president of the Onion Merchant Association, said that due to the rains in the southern states in the past, there has been a possibility of onion crop getting spoiled due to which prices are constantly increasing. He said that onion prices will increase further in the coming days.
Another Onion trader said that there is still two months to start the arrival of the new crop of Onion, so the price of Onion is going to increase further in the coming days.
According to Sharma's assessment, there were 57 trucks of onions arriving in Azadpur mandi on Thursday, whereas the daily demand is 75 trucks. To keep the prices of onion under control, the government has already asked the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) to sell onion in the open market from its stock. However, Sharma said that if four to five trucks from Nafed are put in the pilgrimage market then it is like cumin in the mouth of the camel as the consumption of onion in the whole of Delhi is 3,000 tons daily. Thus, the steps taken by the government so far have not been able to stop the increase in the price of onion.
Traders said that if the government imports Onion to increase the supply of Onion, it can reduce the prices, because the current inflation of Onion is due to lack of supply.
According to the website of Maharashtra Pradesh Agricultural Marketing Board, onion price in Onion (Onion) market in the state ranged from 1500 to 4652 rupees per quintal on Thursday, while onion prices in the mandi on Monday. From 1500 to 3392 rupees per quintal.
According to the second advance production of horticulture products released by the Union Agriculture Ministry in May this year, onion production in the country was 232.84 lakh tonnes in the year 2018-19 as compared to 232.62 lakh tonnes in 2017-18 a year ago.