Short supply of onion in national capital

Written by Agencies | New Delhi, September 29: | Updated: Sep 30 2007, 00:36am hrs
Heavy rains in Nasik and Pune in Maharashtra have created short supply of onion in the national capital, making them out of the reach for many consumers.

"The price of onion is escalating mainly due to severe shortage in supply from Nasik and Pune," Braham Yadav, Chairman of Delhi Agriculture Marketing Board, told PTI.

Currently onion is being sold at Rs 24 to Rs 28 per kg in the retail market.

The demand for onion in the city is usually over 1,000 tonnes everyday but as the arrival is merely 700 tonnes due to short supply from Maharashtra, Yadav said.

The onion belt in Rajasthan too was submerged in water for the last few days, adversely affecting the supply, Yadav said adding that once rainfall is stopped supply would be more and prices would come down.

He said in the wholesale market, the tuber price is ruling in the range between Rs 11 to Rs 18 per kg.

Yadav said the situation is likely to improve within next two days in view of improved weather condition in the region.

"If the prices do not come down within the next two days, we will ensure that the onion is made available at the retail through the government counters," he said.