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Prices will come down only when new onion crop arrives in November
New Delhi. People are not expected to get relief before November from high onion prices. Retail prices of onions remain at Rs 70-80 per kg in most states of the country. To curb prices, the central government is selling onions at a discounted rate of Rs 23.90 per kg from its buffer stock. Many state governments are also doing this.
Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand said that 15,000 tonnes of onions had been sold out of the buffer stock of 50,000 tonnes of the government. He hoped that prices would come back to normal levels only after the new Kharif crop comes to market in early November.
Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan tweeted that two Joint Secretary level officers have been sent to Maharashtra to increase the supply of onions in the market. They will talk to the farmers, traders and transporters there and review the availability of onions and ask them to bring more and more onions to the market. Other states have also been asked to send their demands to the Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, who needs as much onion. The department will immediately provide them with onions.
Source - Outlook Agriculture, 26 September 2019
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