Chandigarh: Onion gets 30% dearer in a month

Priced at 35 per kilogram on October 1, onions were available for 45 at an apni mandi in Chandigarh on October 26
Amid rising fuel prices and unexpected rains in the region, vegetables are getting expensive in Chandigarh.
Amid rising fuel prices and unexpected rains in the region, vegetables are getting expensive in Chandigarh.
Published on Oct 27, 2021 01:11 AM IST
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ByRajanbir Singh, Chandigarh

Amid rising fuel prices and unexpected rains in the region, vegetables are getting dearer in Chandigarh.

Onion prices, which had remained on the lower side earlier this year, have gone up by 30% this month. Priced at 35 per kilogram on October 1, the staple veggie was available for 45 at an apni mandi on Tuesday.

Onions prices vary according to its variety. At the wholesale market in Sector 26, the retail price of Indore’s white onion ranges from 40 to 50 per kg. In comparison, the red Rajasthani produce is available for 30-40 per kg.

However, according to the mandi officials, the wholesale rate is starting to go down even as retail rates remain high. While earlier the wholesale rate had reached up to 38 per kg, it is now around 32 per kg.

“Earlier, there was a problem with supply. With the government intervening and adding to the supply from its own reserves, onion prices are expected to drop in the coming days,” said a mandi official.

Tomato prices also continue to remain high, though there has been a dip from the peak of 80 per kg seen earlier this month. Now, the rate is down to 60, but it is still 33% dearer than 45 at the beginning of the month.

“The main reason for the hike in tomato prices is the rising cost of fuel, which adds to the transportation cost. The recent rains have also damaged some of the local crop,” said Punjab Mandi Board superviser Satbir Singh.

Singh said vegetables such as cauliflower and bottle gourd, which are abundant around this time of the year, have also been affected by the rains, leading to a rise in their prices. “However, prices are likely to come down in the next few days as the supply starts to improve,” he said.

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