Onions dearer on un­sea­sonal rains

Veg­gie Rates Rise Ahead Of Fes­ti­val, But Pulse May Sta­bilise

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - RE­TAIL RATES

Mum­bai: Ris­ing food prices have damp­ened pub­lic sen­ti­ment ahead of Di­wali. Rates of onion and tomato are up to Rs 35-40 per kg, a tiny bunch of spinach costs Rs 25-30 and a few measly sprigs of co­rian­der go for Rs 15-20 on av­er­age.

Ra­jab­hau Patil, a ven­dor at Khar mu­nic­i­pal mar­ket said, “Un­sea­sonal rains have caused whole­sale rates of onion­tomato to rise.” Lasal­gaon of­fi­cials claim heavy rains in Kar­nataka have af­fected onion sup­plies to the mar­ket, the largest onion mar­ket in Asia.

One quin­tal (100 kg) of onion cost Rs 1,600-1,750 ear­lier this month, it rose to Rs 2,2002,400 Fri­day. Till Di­wali, prices are ex­pected to rise to Rs 2,8003,200 a quin­tal. Ar­rivals dropped from 2,100 quin­tals ear­lier this month to 800 quin­tals on Oc­to­ber 9. This has risen to 1,000 quin­tals in just two days. But prices are yet to sta­bilise.

Sources say prices are ris­ing due to dam­ages to the April-May har­vest as many farm­ers stored it at home fin-

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