New delhi sources stated that showing no signs of cooling down, retail onion prices have continued to spiral, touching as high as Rs 165/kg on friday even as the government grapples to boost the supplies through imports. Meanwhile the government in parliament informed that imported onions will arrive by january 20. In most cities, onion was quoting above Rs 100/kg in the retail markets, while at Nashik in maharashtra the key producing centre the rates were ruling at Rs 75/kg on friday, as per the data maintained by the Consumer Affairs Ministry.
Furthermore retail onion prices were ruling high at Rs 165/kg in Panaji (Goa), Rs 160/kg in Mayabunder (Andaman) and Rs 150/kg in thiruvananthapuram, kozhikode, Thrissure and wayanad in kerala on Friday. Reportedly onion was sold at Rs 140/kg in kolkata, chennai and some places in kerala and tamilnadu, Rs 130/kg in Bhubaneshwar and cuttack (Odisha), Rs 120/kg in Gurgoan (Haryana) and meerut (Uttar Pradesh), and Rs 100/kg in most cities tracked by the ministry.
Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Danve Raosaheb Dadarao said during Question Hour in the rajya sabha "There is no doubt onion prices are rising. The main reason for rise in price was damage to the onion crop due to rains. Much of onion has been damaged in Maharasthra, the key growing state. However, the government has supplied buffer stock and asked MMTC to import onions and it should arrive by january 20". Earlier on thursday, a group of ministers head by home minister amit shah reviewed onion price situation and progress made in import of onions. Perhaps to boost supply and contain price rise, the government has contracted over 21,000 tonnes of imports through MMTC and the shipments are expected to arrive mid-January. Apparently the tender and fumigation norms have also been ease to facilitate early arrival of imported onions.