25 tonnes of Iranian onions; import fall short of Navi Mumbai’s onion requirements
Vashi / Navi Mumbai: Just last week, Vashi’s Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) had happily received around 25 tonnes of onion imported from Iran in a bid to meet the needs of the city. The import has however, fallen short.
In the last month itself, there was a considerable shortage of onions in the Navi Mumbai markets despite a state issue ban of export of onions. As a result the price of onions had skyrocketed in the month of September.
With the primary onion suppliers, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, unable to meet the requirements, markets and traders have to rely on supplies from Pune and Nashik.
Given the amount of rains this year, enough to ruin crops, onion supply has been the lowest this year.
The onion imports from Iran were meant to meet the requirements of Navi Mumbai markets and keep onion prices to the lowest possible number.
However, it comes as a surprise that even the 25 tonnes of onion import from Iran could not meet the ever growing needs of the city for onions.
With inadequate supply of onions the prices have now spiked in the Vashi APMC market with the wholesale price as high as Rs. 70 per kg and the retail price reaching up to Rs. 90 per kg.
Traders have also expressed their concern over the scarcity of onions that could see the wholesale and retail prices crossing well over Rs. 100 per kg in the coming days.
Last Updated on October 22, 2020 by lp@admin