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High onion prices bring tears across India

September 25, 2019

Onion prices in Delhi have shot up to as much as ₹ 60-70 bringing tears to the eyes of the public. The steep rise is due to a shortage in supply and the Delhi government has stepped in to take steps to correct the prices. The retail price of onions have shot up from ₹ 40 per kg in just a week.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said the government will supply onions at ₹ 24 per kilogramme across the city through mobile vans.

We are about to take a step regarding the shooting onion prices here. We are procuring onions and we'll try to supply them to the maximum areas across the city via mobile vans. Tenders have been floated for the transportation of onions. I believe we will start supplying at the soonest - Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister

Onions are now more expensive than apples in the wholesale markets in the national capital. The Centre has also stepped in to ensure that there is enough supply of onions in the market.

Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan called the crisis a "temporary phase that arose due supply disruption because of floods in main-growing states like Maharashtra and Karnataka.

"It is a temporary phase. Every year we face this problem in three main perishable commodities potato, onion and tomato. This year, it is onion. However, we have enough supply in our buffer," said Paswan to the media.

He also said that India has enough onion production and the Centre has created a buffer stock of 56,000 tonne to address any shortages. Onion prices across the country are high since last week due to supply shortage from major onion growing states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. This is due to floods in these regions.

As government data, onion prices stand at ₹ 57 per kg in Delhi, ₹ 56 a kg in Mumbai, ₹ 48 a kg in Kolkata, and ₹ 34/kg in Chennai.

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