Though prices of onions have come down with supply from Maharashtra, Gujarat and parts of Rajasthan, another essential item of kitchen produce is touching an all-time high price. Traders at the Muhana Mandi in Jaipur attributed the rising price of garlic to the poor supply and heavy rainfall which hit the crop. "This year's supply has been badly affected due to poor production of garlic in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Compared to 2019.
The price of the garlic has been showing a rising trend since September 2019 when the curtailed supply started from Nasik (Maharashtra). Bhavnagar (Gujarat). Kota (Rajasthan), Jhalawar (Rajasthan) and Bundi (Rajasthan).
At the wholesale market, the prices of garlic are ranging between Rs 120 and Rs 160 per kilogram which is being sold at Rs 250 to Rs 300 per kilogram in retail market
"A fresh supply of garlic is expected from the first week of March and as indicated by the farmers of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, we will get an adequate supply from April onwards. By April, we are expecting the prices of garlic to be around Rs 60 to Rs 80 per kg in the wholesale market which would be sold between Rs 100 and Rs 120 per kilogram in the retail market," said Mukesh Totlani, a wholesale trader of garlic at the Muhana Mandi.
Indonesian garlic imports hampered
The coronavirus outbreak originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan has affected imports of garlic from China, causing the commodity's prices to rocket by more than 40 percent as stocks plummet in Central Java.
Central Java Industry and Trade Agency head Arief Sambodo said on Wednesday the garlic stocks in some of the province’s regions are declining as the virus has held up imports from mainland China.
“About 95 percent of the garlic supplies here are imported straight from China and the virus is hampering that. We hope there will be imported options from other countries soon,” he said, as quoted by thejakartapost.com.