Maharashtra: Erratic weather expected to reduce tomato, onion and potato yields

The recent irregular weather conditions, such as rainfall and hailstorms, are anticipated to reduce yields of essential crops such as potatoes, onions, and tomatoes, pushing up costs in the next weeks, according to a market intelligence report prepared by the ministry of food processing industries.

Recent rainfall in Maharashtra, the country's largest onion producer, has lowered late kharif crop output, which, according to an MFPI estimate, "may create lower availability in the later weeks of January and February 2022." Onion benchmark prices in Lasalgaon, Nasik, the trade hub, were Rs 1,850 per 100 kgs on Wednesday, compared to Rs 1,350 per 100 kgs a year earlier.

According to government sources, onion sale prices in major cities including Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata have jumped to Rs 40 per kg from Rs 33 per kg a week ago.

[ Rs 100 = €1.20 ]


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