Even as the retail price of onions across the state has plummeted to Rs100 or Rs110, produce from Turkey or Afghanistan has reached the Indian markets . Since the imported onion is white and of a larger size, people are buying compulsively, as the price has come down by Rs10 -15 per kg.
The fresh stock of onions, smaller in size, coming from Kohlapur and Nasik, is priced at Rs90 per kg in the wholesale market. Turkish onions are priced at Rs80-82 per kg; the ones from Afghanistan are priced at Rs75 per kg and the domestic onions in supermarkets are valued at Rs100 per kg.
“We are trying to maintain the taste by adding other ingredients, but are not able to enjoy cooking,” lament most women, adding that they were buying just half a kg of onion at a time.
Vishal Gulati, president, Old Sabzi Mandi Retailer Welfare Association, Jalandhar: “The additional supply of nearly 6-7 tonnes of imported onion from Turkey and Afghanistan everyday has really helped us in covering the gap between supply and demand. But, we are taking just one truck of the onion a day, as there is more demand for red onion.”
[ Rs100 = €1.30 ]