Currently, onions are being sold at Rs 88 per kg (approx.) in the general market, ration shops are selling at Rs 32 per kg and the Horticulture Corporation at Rs 55 to Rs 66.
The varying rates of onions sold in Goa's markets have attracted the ire of the opposition, which has alleged the existence of an 'onion mafia' in the distribution of the vegetable in the state. Amid the accusations, a top state official of the Horticulture Corporation admitted that the corporation could not sell onion at the rates of the ration shops, but denied the existence of any ‘mafia’.
Pravin Zantye, chairman of the government body, which was set up two decades ago to supply vegetables and fruits at below market prices, also said that his Corporation had continued to sell onions at prices lower by Rs 15 to Rs 20, well below the current market price for onions.
"The prices of onions have increased nationwide because of heavy rains and a poor crop. NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation) buys onions in large quantities and supplies them to governments during crises. The onions which are sold in Goa's ration shops are cheaper because they are supplied by NAFED," Zantye said.
"We have contracts with suppliers who sell us produce, including onions, at rates which are still cheaper than market prices. But we cannot match up with the prices at which onions are sourced in bulk from NAFED and are sold at ration shops," Zantye also told http://www.daijiworld.com.
[ Rs 100 = €1.20 ]