Mumbai sees onion shortages; prices up

As there are shortages of onions in Mumbai, these goods are being ordered from Gujrat.  Places like Mumbai and Navi Mumbai currently have an average demand of 1,000 tonnes of onion per day. However, the revenue has been declining for the past few days. On Thursday, February 11, 787 tonnes of onions arrived in the market, of which 40 per cent came from Gujarat.

Due to the unseasonal rainfall during the months of August-September in Maharashtra last year, farmers across the state faced huge losses due to ruined crops due to which the prices of onions gradually soared.

In all the market committees in the state, onion imports have declined by 50 to 60 per cent. In addition, onions have become more expensive in Mumbai, Thane and Pune. In the retail market, the prices have gone up to INR 50-60 per kg whereas the wholesale price of onion is INR 40 to 45 per kg.

According to, this situation is especially problematic in the middle of a pandemic when people are out of jobs and are finding it difficult to traverse to places due to coronavirus-induced restrictions. With scanty supply, inflated prices and increasing demands, this could get worse in the days to come.

[ INR100 = €1.10 ]

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