With the rains withdrawing over Karnataka, onion prices this week have dropped by Rs 20 a kg (€0.26), bringing much-needed relief to consumers in Goa. Since September, the price of the ubiquitous vegetable has been skyrocketing due to the incessant rains in Karnataka, from where most of Goa's vegetables and fruits are sourced.
"The price of onions has dropped from Rs 70 to Rs 50 a kg and it is expected to drop even further next week," said a vendor at the Panaji municipal market.
The flooded fields, along with soil erosion that occurs due to the rains make onions a tough crop to grow, especially since they require dry conditions for storage. While a loss of 30% of the crop during storage is considered normal, during natural calamities like floods, between 40 to 50% of the crop is typically lost, said another vendor.