Despite efforts by the central government, onion prices across the country have set a new record. Onion prices are increasing day by day. In Madurai, one kg onion is being sold for 200 rupees. In this context, a businessman Moorthy says that the customers who used to buy five kilograms of onions earlier, are now buying only one kilogram of onions. At the same time, a customer named Jaya Subha says that she is spending 350 to 400 rupees on onion in a week. In other states of the country, the public is upset with the rising prices of onions.
This is the reason
Since May this year, onion prices have increased significantly.There was very little onion production last year. This time too, production has come down due to floods and rains, due to which it is getting increased. Apart from this, traders have attributed the adverse policies of the government to this.
Chairman of the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) of Lasalgaon, Jayadatta Holkar said that unseasonal rains occurred in October and November, causing damage to the crops sown in the Kharif season. The early varieties of onion sown in southern Indian states including Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have suffered inward losses. This is the reason, because of which there is no new onion supply in the market.
Maharashtra has the highest cultivation of onions. Maharashtra accounts for 35% of the total onion production in India. Unseasonal rains in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat since September have damaged the crop.
Government took these steps
The government has imposed stock limits on traders, so that hoarding can be stopped.
Apart from this, to give relief to the people, the government is selling onions at the rate of Rs 23.40 per kg.
The government has extracted 57,000 tonnes of onions from its buffer stock.
In June, the government’s subsidy of 10 per cent to exporters was abolished.
To increase the supply of onion, the government has contracted MMTC to import 21,000 tonnes of onions.