The Hush Post| 10:51 am|one-minute-read|
Onions just hit a double century. You can now buy onions at Rs 200 per kg. Prices of onions shot up to a mindboggling Rs 200 per kg down south. Bengaluru saw onion prices touching Rs 200 per kg due to severe short supply in the market on Saturday.
“Onion price touched Rs 200 per kg in some retail shops of Bengaluru, after its wholesale rate ranged between Rs 5,500 and Rs 14,000 per quintal,” state agricultural marketing officer Siddagangaiah said.
The most common and staple vegetable is now missing from the menu in homes and restaurants across this tech hub.
According to Siddagangaiah, skyrocketing onion prices and the bulb’s shortage is expected to last until mid-January.
India has an annual onion requirement of 150 lakh metric tonnes, with Karnataka chipping in with onion production of 20.19 lakh metric tonnes. Almost 50 per cent of the onion production gets lost due to crop loss and post-harvest loss. The balance arrives in the market.
In the north too, the onion prices have not stablised. In Ludhiana and Chandigarh, the onion prices are between Rs 120 to 160 per kg. The cheapest one can buy an onion is at Rs 100 per kg, but only if you are lucky to land up in one of the mandis. People have started switching from onion tadka to tomato tadka.