Kharif onion production down 40%: Paswan
New Delhi - The deficit of rains this year has affected the cultivation of kharif on the productive belt of the country. Because of this, the production of kharif onion has decreased by 30 to 40%. At the same time, onion crop was damaged due to excess rainfall, which also affected production and supply. As a result, onion scarcity has increased and prices have increased, said Union Consumer Welfare Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
The government is making every effort to curb onion prices. However, production has decreased by 30 to 40%. Onion crop has also taken a hit due to excessive rainfall and hence, the supply of onion in the market is decreasing.
In Delhi, the current arrivals in the same period compared to last year have been decreased by 25%. Maharashtra is the leading state in onion production. Nashik district has the largest onion production in the country. However, this year's low rainfall has affected the kharif cultivation. Simultaneously, less water affected productivity. Onion arrival in the market have dropped sharply due to the overall incidence, according to a statement issued by the consumer welfare ministry.
Source: Sakal, November 7, 2019
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