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Buy cheaper onions, thanks to Pakistan

Onions will be available at three different rates from Saturday, — thanks to an increase in domestic supply, augmented by imports.

delhi Updated: Jan 08, 2011 00:54 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

Good news for those who have been buying onions at a steep price.

The commodity will be available at three different rates from Saturday, — thanks to an increase in domestic supply, augmented by imports.

While the white onions from Pakistan will be available at Rs 39 per kg, the domestic variety will be available at R50 per kg at public-owned and cooperative retail outlets. Onions are being sold about 350-odd public owned and cooperative retail outlets under the market intervention scheme.

Beating the apprehensions owing to Pakistan government’s policy to ban export of onions, Delhi received a substantial quantity from the neighbour as was promised earlier last week.

Government officials confirmed that Delhi received 218 tonnes of onions from Pakistan on Friday. “Including the Pakistan supply, Delhi today received a total of over 1,000 tonnes, up from yesterday’s about 700 tonnes,” said Jayashree Raghuraman, Delhi’s commissioner (food & supplies).

Officials said the domestic supply was a mix of goods received from Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. The slight increase in arrivals resulted in wholesale price dropping by Rs 2 to Rs 43 per kg at Azadpur mandi. Mother Dairy’s Safal will sell the domestic variety at R50 per kg, while private retail sale continues at Rs 60-65 per kg.