Bhubaneswar, September 23 (LocalWire): With the price of onion soaring on a daily basis, the staple component of the Indian food is fast vanishing from the middle-class household kitchens.
While the onions price touched Rs 50 per kilogram today, its cost varied from Rs 46 to 48 per kg on Sunday.
“The price is going up on a daily basis as there is a gap between the demand and supply,” a wholesale trader in Unit-1 market area of the city, Mahendra Rout, said.
“Unless the supply increases, the price will continue to remain on the upward. The city mostly receives onions from Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra. The supply from these areas has gone down leading to the upward spiral of onion price,” he said adding that the price of onions was ranging between Rs 17 to Rs 20 a month back.
According to sources, with the production of onions likely to begin within a fortnight, the supply will be normalised and there will be a drop in the price.
“Odisha is a consuming state. Of the required demand, the state produces a meager 25% of the crop. So the state is dependent on producing states like Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra to meet with the markets’ demand. Kalahandi is the major onion producing district of the state,” a state agriculture department official said.