Business Bureau :
THE prices of important veggies like onion, potato and garlic have started moving northwards in the wholesale market. Sources attribute the reason to untimely rainfall which lashed the growing centres last week. This has damaged the crop in large quantity which was on the verge of harvest. The excessive rains have also delayed the sowing operations of new crop. When contacted, Jaiprakash Vasani, former President of Kanda Batata Adatiya Association, Kalamna said, “Kalamna APMC is receiving average supply from i.e 20 trucks laden with onion, potato and garlic.
The prices are quoted upwards everyday in the market as the limited stock is getting exhausted. Even the new crop will take atleast three to four months to arrive in the market.” The prices of potato which was quoted between Rs 9 and Rs 10 till last week, have suddenly surged to Rs 12 and Rs 16 in the Kalamna marketyard. Presently the supply of potatoes is from Kanpur and Agra. Normally, potatoes during this period come from Karnataka. However, due to unfavourable climatic condition, there is remarkable drop in the production leading to scarcity in the market, Vasani said. At retail, potatoes are priced at Rs 30 per kilogram. The prices varies from one locality to another. Similarly, the prices of onion in wholesale market have touched Rs 55 mark and in retail they are being quoted at Rs 70 per kilogram. The supply of onion is restricted to Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
The new crop of onion which was supposed to reach Nagpur from Nashik and Dhulia mandis was destroyed to a larger extent. “As Government has put ban on the export of onion, the prices may not cross Rs 100 mark in coming days. Otherwise, the condition would have been different,” Vasani said. He said, if the situation goes out of control, Government may import from countries like Egypt and Afghanistan. Similarly, garlic has already started its upward journey since one month. It is hovering between Rs 150 and Rs 180 per kg in the wholesale market. At retail, it is quoted at Rs 230 per kg and above depending upon the size. “Garlic will also take another 3 to 4 months as the crop is not being sowed in the garlic belt of Kota (Rajasthan) and Chhindwara (Madhya Pradesh),”