With onions’ prices skyrocketing, the Delhi government has written to the Centre asking for its help in preventing hoarding by traders in onion producing states such as Mahrashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.
In his letter addressed to the Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh, Delhi government’s Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Asim Ahmed Khan wrote, “As you are aware that unseasonal rains, which partially destroyed onion crops, have led to their lesser availability in the wholesale markets at Lasalgaon, Nasik (Maharashtra). There has been a recent trend in the upward movement of retail prices of onions and shortage has also been reported in the domestic market.”
Khan asked Singh to ‘impress upon’ the onion producing states Maharashtra, MP and Karnataka to ‘prevent hoarding and blackmarketing tendencies.’
He said that the Delhi government had taken effective measure to deal with the crisis by supplying onions to the residents in the capital at the ‘subsidized price of Rs 30 per kg.’
The essential cooking ingredient is currently being sold in metros between Rs 65-Rs 70 a kg. Market experts say that the prices could jump further if ample stock from Karnataka do not reach markets on time.