Jagriti Rai (intern journalist ), Mumbai: Even when the state onion growers are forced to dispose of the stock at the lower price, they are worried that the prices may further fall because of the arrival of imported onion from Turkey and Egypt and fresh produce from various parts of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh – onion growers from Nashik, Solapur and Sangli feared that the prices, which are ranging between Rs. 1,700 per quintal and Rs. 2,400 per quintal, will fall further with the arrival of more onions in the market
Nashik-based trader Nitin Jain told, ” There has been the arrival of onions from producers from Maharashtra and also the second crop from Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. The higher the inflow there is every chance of further reduction in prices. The arrival of onions from Turkey and Egypt further impacts the prices. The arrival of onion is quite high in almost all agriculture produce market committees in the state and farmers have left when the little alternative to selling it at a lower price “. He suggested the center should allow onion exports at the earliest as it will help farmers to dispose of produce at a competitive price.
” The centre may lift the ban on onion export maybe after a fortnight but it should soon release guidelines. The onion will be exported to Colombo, Gulf countries, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Nepal. Besides, there is a huge market in Sikkim too ” said Jain
A trade from Solapur said Onion prices have dropped by nearly Rs. 3000 per quintal in the last one month. Today, the maximum price of good quality Onion in Solapur was Rs. 2,600 per quintal. The onion was also sold at an average price of Rs. 30 – 35 per kg in the Sangli market. Due to the continuous fall in Onion prices, farmers are worried about
The Solapur agricultural produce market committee also found about 10 tonnes of onions imported from Egypt. Local onions have a pungent odor and taste. However, onions imported from Egypt do not taste like cucumbers. Therefore, there is not much demand for this onion in the market in Solapur was only Rs. 1,500 to 1,700 per quintal, he said, He, however, added that the arrival of onion from Egypt has adversely impacted Local onion prices
In Sangli too, onions from Egypt and Turkey are being sold at Rs . 22 per kg and its arrival has affected prices of local onions