of the Lasalgaon Agricultural Produce Market (APMC), said while the market used to see 25,000 quintals of the crop coming for daily trade, of late they were getting hardly 2,500-3,000 qunitals per day. “The rains have spoiled the monsoon crop also and the prices would rise in the next few days. There is no crop with the farmers,” he said.
P K Gupta, joint director of Nashik-based National Horticulture Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF), however, said there might be a fall in the onion prices immediately after Diwali. “The APMC markets are closed for Diwali and once when they open, there will be excess crop, which will result in a fall in the prices,” he said. Asked about the response to the import tenders floated earlier for onions from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Egypt and Pakistan, Gupta said no action had been taken on that front.