Onion prices in Uttar Pradesh have surged; the price of onions in Gorakhpur has increased by 50% in one week. The prime reason behind the increase in onion prices is the heavy rainfall in several districts in Uttar Pradesh. This has meant that the onions from Nashik seem to have rotted, which in turn means that the prices of onions may increase even more.
The storms and rains of the recent weeks disrupted the produce and distribution of onions and potatoes and therefore it started rotting due to heavy rain, heat and moisture. Meanwhile, onion was sold at Rs 15 to 20 a kg in the retail market in April and May due to low demand and abundant arrivals in the market. At the same time, good onions were sold in bulk at Rs 1,200 to 1,400 per 100 kgs.
[ Rs 100 = €1.10 ]