Adequate production of onions brings prices down in Kalamna market

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Nov 2017 15:07:17


Business Bureau,

The prices of onion which were skyrocketing in the wholesale market of Kalamna few days back have now started falling. Jaiprakash Vasani, former President of Kanda Batata Adtiya Welfare Association, Kalamna said, the prices in the wholesale markets of Aurangabad, Nahsik and Dhule which were ruling in the range of Rs 25 to Rs 42 per kg one week ago have cool down to Rs 20 and Rs 37 per kg depending upon the quality. However, at retail markets onion is still quoted in the range of Rs 40 to Rs 50 per kilogram depending upon the location.

“Daily, 15 to 20 vehicles are unloading the produce in the Kalamna marketyard. The prices are now stable and some minor downward correction may occur but the prices may not suddenly come down in the coming days,” he said. He said, this season, the crop of onion was adequate which would keep the produce within the reach of the common man.

“As a cash crop, onion is now grown in districts of Amravati, Akola and Buldhana of Vidarbha. The crop from these districts may arrive from the month of March to July,” Vasani said. Kalamna marketyard which is an important wholesale market supply onions to the districts of Bhandara, Seoni, Chhindwara and other places. In the peak season, the inflow of vehicles increases to 25 to 30.
He also said, India used to export onion to Bangladesh. However, the demand from Bangladesh has dropped suddenly. It too has impacted on the prices in the wholesale markets and mandis in the country.

He appreciated the Government move to increase Export Duty on onions. Government should focus on prices so that farmers could get handsome income. This year, the crop is good, but if the farmers will not get proper prices, they will become disappointed and switch over to different cash crop. Government should check export and import according to the crop condition, he suggested. “Farmers should always be taken into confidence so that they should fetch better prices for their produce,” he said.

Prakash Jadhav, a social activist said, onion which is an important staple in the kitchen should be always within the reach of common man. If onion growers face losses due to low output, they should be always given compensation.
“If this is done, the prices will not increase and consumers will also be benefited to a larger extent,” he suggested.