The prices of onions and other vegetables sourced from Indian states like Maharashtra and Karnataka are rising due to regional lockdowns. The price of onions has shot up from Rs 25 a kg a few days ago to around Rs 40 in retail markets. Some traders say the upward trend is likely to continue.
Bengal consumes about 100,000 tons of onions every month. The demand has dropped to around 45,000 tons as many eateries are closed or functioning on a smaller scale because of the stricter Covid curbs that have been in force in the state since May 16.
Also, Bengal’s onion harvest earlier in the year has by now been consumed and the state is now entirely dependent on supplies from outside. The bulk of the supplies from other states reach wholesale markets in Calcutta and its adjoining areas by trucks.
[ Rs100 = €1.10 ]