The retail price of onions has indeed soared in a few parts of India including Delhi, which saw costs take off over Rs 100/kg.
Onion Prices Raised Up To 40% High Across The Nation
In Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal, onions were being sold at Rs 80, which is required to go up to Rs 120. Odisha likewise observed costs ascend to Rs 70 a kg. In Mumbai as well, onions were being sold at Rs 70/kilo. In the interim, in Chennai onion costs rose to Rs 90 for every kg.
The extreme ascent in cost has been attributed to the shortage that was activated by unseasonal rain which harmed the yield in the main growing zones in Maharashtra. More than 54 lakh hectares of harvests are said to have been severely harmed in the rains.
As the retail costs shot up, a between clerical advisory group headed by Consumer Affairs Secretary Avinash K Srivastava met on Tuesday and chose to loosen up fumigation standards and encourage import of the key kitchen staple from Afghanistan, Turkey, Egypt, and Iran to support the domestic supply.
“It (supply) is expected to improve in the coming days. …Union government to act as a facilitator for import of onion. Phytosanitary and fumigation requirement to be suitably liberalised to facilitate imports,” said a statement issued by the Consumer Affairs Ministry.