Respite from tears? 42,500 metric tonnes of onion now available, says Ram Vilas Paswan
In a bid to curtail sky-rocketing prices of the bulb, the Centre had sought onion imports from countries such as Afghanistan, Egypt, and Turkey
December 31, 2019 / 06:27 PM IST
Amid soaring onion prices, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan on December 31 said 42,500 metric tonnes of onion is available for supply. He also asked states to send their demand to his department and the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED).
In a tweet, he said the consignments of onion imported from other nations have been coming in from December 15 and a stock of almost 42,500 metric tonnes (MT) is now available.
The retail price of onion has been hovering over Rs 100 per kg in several cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru, as per data provided by the Department of Consumer Affairs, which monitors the retail and wholesale prices of 22 commodities.
In a bid to curtail the sky-rocketing price of the bulb, the Centre had sought onion imports from countries such as Afghanistan, Egypt, and Turkey.
Besides, the consumer affairs ministry had reduced the stock holding limits for retailers from 5 MT to 2 MT. Paswan had even directed the states to ensure that these stock holding limits are being strictly followed, asking them expedite anti-hoarding operations.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had attributed the spike in prices of onion – an essential kitchen commodity – to a shortfall in production due to untimely monsoon. Whereas the states had estimated the production to be over 69.9 lakh tonnes, the actual production of onion was close to 53.67 lakh tonnes, as per Tomar’s reply to a question in Parliament.