Soaring onion prices leave buyers in tears

  • Saurabh Chauhan, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2015 22:03 IST

The soaring price of onions seems to have hit hard everyone in Shimla, where the price has simply tripled in retail markets.

The retail price of onion touched `70 per kilogram in the Shimla vegetable market. The price has shot up to `10 to `15 per kilogram in the past two days.

Sunita Devi, a housewife, said: "Onion is disappearing from our kitchen. In the past one month, the onion price has almost tripled. She also said there is no hope that price will come down in the near future. We can't purchase onion in bulk so have to bear the brunt of the soaring price,"

Vegetable retailer Rajpal said there was no short supply of onion but the price is high. "We are not earning much. The wholesale price is high. Earlier, people use to buy one or two kg of onion, but now most consumers mostly ask for half kilogram expecting price to come down in the coming days."

Shimla-based wholesaler Paras Ram attributed price rise to the drop in supply of onions due to rain. "We may face more crises in mid-September and the onion price may touch `100 mark. Due to soaring onion price, onion has also disappeared from the salad plates at eateries," he said.

Government sources said Himachal is a consumer state and has fewer options to control the onion price. "We are keeping an eye on markets and officials have been directed to check onion hoarding," said a government official.

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