The Bengal government is planning to set up a cold storage unit as part of its effort to eradicate the shortage in the supply of fresh products. The move comes shortly after the nationwide crisis over the deficit of onions that resulted in skyrocketing of prices. "A cold storage unit will be soon be established in the state. The project is on its final stage. This is a 50,000 tons project. It is a private one. I will not say much about it now. We will tell you the details soon," said state agriculture department chief advisor Pradip Mazumdar at a meeting.
State Agriculture Marketing minister Tapan Dasgupta, WBCSA president Tarun Kanti Ghosh and other officials also attended this meeting. "Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is always concerned about the farmers and common people. She has always maintained that there should be a balance in the supply and demand chain of onion," said Dasgupta. It might be mentioned that in December 2019 the price of onions had shot up throughout the country due to a shortage of supply from Nasik. In Tamil Nadu and Madurai onion was sold for over Rs 200 per kg, while in Kolkata, the price touched Rs 150.