Onion is continuously shedding tears and now people hope for relief only next month. (File Photo)
Onion Price: Onion is continuously shedding tears and now people hope for relief only next month. Onion was sold on February 20 at the maximum price of Rs 4200 per quintal at Lasalgaon Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), Asia’s largest onion market in Nashik. The arrival of onion has been affected due to rain, due to which its prices have gone up. Talking about the retail price, according to the price report given on the Department of Consumer Affairs, onion was sold at Rs 50 per kg on February 19 whereas on January 19, a month earlier, onion was being sold at the rate of Rs 36 per kg. In this way, the price of onion, which is one of the most important kitchen vegetables in the retail market of Delhi, increased by Rs 14 per kg.
The onion will soften from March next month
The arrival of onion has started in the mandi but its quantity is very small at present. Rajendra Sharma, General Secretary of Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi Potato Onion Merchant Association (POMA), says that from March next month, it will be sufficient inward and then the price can be expected to soften. Retail prices of onions were Rs 50 in Delhi on 19 February 2021, while Rs 40 a year ago on 19 February 2020 and Rs 20 per kg on 19 February 2019 a year earlier. Sharma says that this difference is visible due to the decline in onion availability.
Prices increased due to rain
According to the website of the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, onion production was 2.28 million tonnes in 2018-19, which is 2.67 crore tonnes in the second advance assessment of the Ministry of 2019-20 this year. However, Narendra Wadhwane, Secretary, Mandi of Lasalgaon, says that this time the crop in Maharashtra has been affected due to rain in January, due to which prices are rising. Let us know that the highest onion in the country is produced in Maharashtra. Around 28.32 percent of onion is produced in Maharashtra in the country. Wadhwane says that this time the season of onion is going late for a month and in such a situation, there will be relief next month.
Maharashtra has 28 per cent onion
According to the data given by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, the demand for Indian onions is in the world. In 2019-20, 1149896.85 metricton onion was exported from India worth Rs 2320.70 crore. Most onion is exported from India to Bangladesh, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka and Nepal. In terms of production, the highest onion in India is in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Telangana with 28.32 percent, the highest onion produced in Maharashtra.