Nagpur, Maharashtra

Onion output likely to take a hit due to break in monsoon

Onions, an important staple in the Indian kitchen, are set to become costlier if there are no rains in the coming days. Although the prices of onions are under control, in the coming days - with the Met Department’s forecast that monsoon would take a break - the prices are going to climb.

“This year, the monsoon was late and after some drizzle, it has taken a break of 15 days,” said Jaiprakash Vasani, former President of Kanda Batata Adtiya Association while talking to The Hitavada. Presently, there is an inflow of 28 to 30 trucks laden with red and white onions at the Kalamna market.

Red onions are coming from Chalisgaon, Khamgaon, Ahmednagar and Raisen (Madhya Pradesh). The other onion varieties are coming in from Akola and Amravati districts. “The present situation is under control. The demand and supply ratio is equal. … It will be problematic if the stock is exhausted in the coming days,” Vasani said. One year ago, the prices of onion in wholesale market were moving in the range between Rs 10 and Rs 12 per kg.

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