New Delhi, Sep 23 (PTI): Onion prices fell by Rs 10 per kg to Rs 60-70 per kg in retail markets in the national capital on Monday following the arrival of the new crop at wholesale markets.
In the coming weeks, prices are expected to further cool down as new crop from Karnataka has started coming into the market. According to data from the National Horticultural Research & Development Foundation, arrivals of onion at the Bangalore wholesale market increased by 50 per cent to 76,266 quintals on Monday from the last week's level.
Prices of the kitchen staple have also declined as onions from Afghanistan via the Wagha border have started coming into the market, traders added. “Supplies have improved as the new crop from Bangalore mandi is coming in to the Azadpur mandi, which has brought the prices down by Rs 10 per kg to Rs 45-50 per kg,” Onion Merchant Traders Association President Surendra Budhiraj said.
He said supplies have increased by around 30 per cent from the last week, with around 12,000 quintals of onion arriving in the market on Monday against last week's average arrival of 9,000 quintals.
Meanwhile, Mother Dairy outlets, which are selling onions at Rs 62-64 per kg, are also contemplating reducing prices from Tuesday after the fall in the prices at the wholesale market, an official said.
Traders also attributed the fall in wholesale onion prices to decline in prices in Lasalgaon Mandi in Nashik, which sets the price trend of the politically sensitive commodity across the country.
According to the NHRDF, prices of onion at Lasalgaon in Nashik decreased by Rs 6 per kg to Rs 41 per kg on Monday.
The government's recent decision to hike the minimum export price (MEP) of onions to $ 900 per tonne from $650 per tonne has also pushed the prices downwards.
In August, the inflation rate based on the wholesale price index (WPI) had risen for the third straight month to 6.1 per cent, driven by a whopping 244.62 per cent jump in onion prices on an annual basis.