The price of onions in Chandigarh has skyrocketed in the past few days as the vegetable was being sold up to ₹75/kg (€0.90) until October 21. The rate is still over ₹65/kg due to a supply shortage. Prices of other staple vegetables such as potatoes and tomatoes are also still on the high side.
Rashwinder Singh, auction recorder of the Chandigarh wholesale mandi in Sector 26: “Due to flooding and bad weather conditions in the southern part of the country, onion from Maharashtra was unable to reach the city in enough quantity. Even now, the supply is low. In fact, supply from other places, including Rajasthan, is required to bring the prices down.”
The rise in tomatoes and potatoes’ rates is being attributed to transportation issues. “We would earlier get potatoes and tomatoes from Himachal Pradesh, but that is not feasible this year. Only a higher variety of both the vegetables is available, which is why prices are on the higher side in the market,” Rashwinder told hindustantimes.com.
Vegetables coming to the city from Punjab, including bitter gourd, bottle gourd and eggplant, continue to have stable prices, while rate of locally grown cucumber has come down due to good supply. As per officials, prices of the staple vegetables will continue to stay high till the end of November.
The arrival of imported onions into the country’s largest wholesale onion market at Lasalgaon in Nashik district has helped bring down the spiralling prices of the kitchen staple.
The average wholesale onion prices dropped by Rs 600 per 100 kgs on Friday to touch Rs 5,600 a per 100 kgs after the bulbs imported from Turkey and Iran reached Nashik. Private traders started selling the imported onions in the price range of Rs 5,500 and Rs 6,000 per 100 kgs.
Around 2,500 tonnes of onions have been imported so far, while 3,000 tonnes of onions are on way to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Mumbai. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com reports that on Friday, around 350 tons of onions were auctioned at the Lasalgaon agriculture produce market committee as against the peak trade of 2,100 tons two months back.
[ ₹100 = €1.20 ]