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Paswan expresses helplessness in controlling rising onion price

Paswan expresses helplessness in controlling rising onion price”

While the prices compiled by consumer affairs department show that onion prices in Delhi increased from Rs 51 a kg in last month to Rs 63 on Tuesday, the key kitchen item was selling around Rs 70 a kg in many retail markets.

Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the onion yield this year was expected to be lower since the area under onion cultivation had come down to 1.90 lakh hectares in 2017-18 from 2.65 lakh hectares in 2016-17.

"Pyaaz ki qeemat kam karna mere haath mein nahi (I am helpless in controlling the price of onion)", Paswan told India Today after holding a meeting of top officials on the rising onion prices. We hope prices will go down.

At Azadpur mandi here, Asia's largest vegetable market, onion prices are ruling at over Rs. 50-60 per kg, and the same onion is being retailed at Rs. 80 per kg today, a trader said. "It is likely to come in January", he said.

The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation has been asked to procure onions from Nashik, Alwar where prices are lower, about Rs 28-32 per kg. The delayed decision by the Centre to procure onions from mandis and import them have not yet borne any result.

On Thursday, Paswan's ministry had notified the Minimum Export Price (MEP) of onion at $850 per tonne to discourage export against the backdrop of rising prices locally.

"On November 23, 4,159 tonnes of onion was exported".

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