The onion is ready to take out your tears once again. The effect of unseasonal rains and rising prices of petrol and diesel is that onion prices have increased more than double in a month. The onion which was being sold at the beginning of the year at Rs 25-30 per kg, today the same onion has crossed Rs 60 per kg in some cities.

Hyderabad has seen the biggest jump in onion prices in the last one month. According to the data given on the website of the Ministry of Consumer, on 11 January 2021, the price of one kg onion in Hyderabad was Rs 34. It has now risen to Rs 60 with a jump of Rs 26. On the other hand, on February 11, the price of onion in Delhi is Rs 19, Rs 20 in Meerut, Rs 14 in Mumbai, Rs 14 in Shillong, Rs 7 in Dehradun, Rs 5 in Ranchi and Rs 3 per kg in Patna. are done. In Nashik, Rajkot, Warangal, Kolkata, Nagpur, onion has become cheaper by Rs 15 per kg during this period.

Talking about Delhi, onion is currently being sold in retail at Rs 50-60 per kg. In Ghazipur mandi, onion usually sells for 30 to 35 rupees a kg, but now the price has gone up to 40 to 45 rupees a kg. New onions will start coming in the first week of March, after which prices are expected to come down.

Reasons for onion being expensive

  • The unseasonal rains during December-January last year destroyed the onion crop of farmers in Maharashtra. Supply declined in the market, the effect of which is now visible on prices. On Thursday, only 80-90 carts of onion arrived in the APMC market in Navi Mumbai, compared to 150 on normal days. 
  • On Thursday, the wholesale price of onions in the APMC market was Rs 30-40 per kg. Due to supply constraints, the wholesale rate of onion in Lasalgaon, the country’s largest wholesale onion market, has increased by 20 percent in the last 10 days.
  •  The other big reason is the constant increase in diesel prices, because freight has become expensive. On January 1, the price of diesel in Delhi was Rs 73.87 per liter, today it is Rs 78.38.

Where did the price of onion reach in a month

City Rate of 11 January 2021 (Rs / Kg) Rate of 11 February 2021 (Rs / Kg) Fluctuation 
(Rs / Kg)
Hyderabad 34 60 26
Palakkad 36 56 20
Meerut 30 50 20
Delhi 35 54 19
Mumbai 46 60 14
Hoshangabad 22 36 14
Kozhikode 38 50 12
Tiruchirappalli 42 53 11
Dharwad 35 46 11
Shillong 50 60 10
Ernakulam 45 55 10
Tirunelveli 45 55 10
Dharmapuri 38 48 10
Puducherry 30 40 10
Ujjain 20 30 10
Vellore 40 49 9
Port blair 55 63 8
Dehradun 38 45 7
Bengaluru 38 45 7
Chennai 42 48 6
Mysore 39 45 6
Ranchi 45 50 5
Balasore 45 50 5
Panaji 44 49 5
Bhubaneswar 43 48 5
Gurgaon 40 45 5
Solan 40 45 5
Haldwani 40 45 5
Dindigul 37 42 5
Shimla 35 40 5
Durg 30 35 5
Gwalior 20 25 5
Jammu 43 47 4
Baripada 46 49 3
Patna 40 43 3
Gangtok 48 50 2
Market 39 40 1
Nashik 38 36 -2
Rajkot 30 28 -2
Cuddalore 44 41 -3
Amritsar 33 30 -3
Warangal 34 30 -4
Sambalpur 45 40 -5
Kolkata 55 47 -8
Karimnagar 34 23 -11
Tura 63 50 -13
Nagpur 40 25 -15

Source: Ministry of Consumers 

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