Onion price hike: Retail prices of onions in the country have reached close to Rs 100 per kg in some places. To overcome the rising inflation of onions during the festive season, the central government has now offered to supply from buffer stock. The central government has asked the states and union territories to lift onion consignments from the central buffer stock. According to data from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, on October 22, retail onion prices in Mumbai were Rs 86 kg, Rs 83 kg in Chennai, Rs 70 kg in Kolkata and Rs 55 kg in Delhi. At the same time, according to ANI, prices in some places in Kerala were also recorded near Rs 100 per kg. Meanwhile, the government is also considering importing onions.
Consumer Affairs Secretary Leena Nandan told PTI, “We have stepped up efforts to control rising prices. We have requested the State Governments and Union Territories to take onions from buffer stock for retail intervention. ”He said that Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Haryana, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have shown interest in it. These states are taking a total of 8,000 tonnes of onions from the buffer stock. He said that the ministry is awaiting response from other states.
Supply from NAFED, Central Stores, Mother Dairy in Delhi
The Center is offering onions to states that want to raise the stock on their own at a purchase rate of Rs 26-28 per kg from the stocked buffer stock of Nashik, Maharashtra. He said that for the states that need to deliver onions (sending delivery), the price will be Rs 30 per kg. Apart from this, the secretary said that the cooperative organization NAFED, which is buying and maintaining onion on behalf of the government for buffer stock, is bringing the stock of onions to wholesale mandis across the country. He said that to control the prices in Delhi, Nafed is also giving onions from buffer stock for retail sale through the central store and successful sale center of Mother Dairy in the national capital.
Price will fall due to arrival of Kharif
The government has so far brought 30,000 tonnes of onions to the market from the buffer stock of 1,00,000 tonnes made from the purchase made from the Rabi crop of 2019-20. Kharif onion is expected to reach the Mandis soon and the government hopes that after the estimated Kharif crop production of 37 lakh tonnes comes to the market, the supply will increase in the market, which will reduce the prices. Meanwhile, the government is also considering the import of onions and by December 15, the norms of fumigation and phylogenetic (hygiene) have been relaxed.
Indian consulates have been activated to facilitate consignments of onion imports. The government had on 14 September announced a ban on onion exports to ensure availability of onions at reasonable prices to domestic consumers during the time of low production of onions before the Kharif onion came to market.
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