Onion prices climb up to 26/kg at Kalamna

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Aug 2017 10:02:56


By Praveen Vighre,

AFTER coriander leaves and tomatoes, now it is the turn of onion whose prices have suddenly increased. Onion, the white staple in the kitchen, is moving in the range of Rs 25 to Rs 26 per kg in the wholesale market of APMC and at the retail, it is quoted at Rs 30 to Rs 35 per kilogram depending upon the localities. Sources said that the prices of onion would inflate by Rs 5 to Rs 30 per kg soon.

Jaiprakash Vasani, President of the Kanda Batata Bazar Welfare Association, Kalamna, said: “Prices of onion were in control till middle of June as there was adequate supply of around 25 vehicles to the market. But gradually the supply has come down to 10 to 12 vehicles of 12 tonnes each which resulted in increase in the prices.” APMC, Kalamna gets supply from places like Akola, Amravati and Mahua (Bhavnagar in Gujarat). The prices quoted on Monday for good quality of onion were Rs 25 and Rs 26 per kg in the Kalamna market, while the prices of the second quality of onions were at Rs 15 to Rs 20 per kg. “There is an increase of Rs 2 to Rs 3 in the prices due to short supply and it may go up if the supply again comes down,” Vasani noted.

Kalamna market supplies onions to Wardha, Gondia, Chandrapur and Bhandara districts and it has a daily average demand of 50 vehicles. “It is predicted that Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka states will have good onion production which may bring relief. Even traders may import onions from Egypt or Pakistan but at present it is a distant dream as the harvesting period in these countries is in the month of September. If necessity arises, we may have to gofor import.”

Onions from Dhulia and Nashik will start arriving in the Kalamna market in the month of October.

“The prices may move upward if the supply from Hubli and Belgaum or import from Egypt does not start at the earliest. Till then, once again we have to spend some extra bucks on onions,” Vasani said.