Bhubaneswar, Oct 29 (LocalWire): Onion prices have risen yet again to Rs. 80-100 per kilo as against the price of two weeks ago, which was Rs. 40-50 per kilo.
Crop damage due to rains in various states, increase in wholesale prices and short supply have led to this predicament, sources said.
Food supply and consumer welfare minister Ranendra Pratap Swain blamed the Central government for the rise in prices.
“Removal of onions from the Essential Commodities Act is one of the main reasons for the price rise, followed by adverse climatic conditions,” he said.
“Around 1500 metric tonnes of onions are brought to the state every day.
This has reduced to 700-800 metric tonnes per day, in the last couple of weeks.
Increasing onions prices during winter is a common phenomenon, but the government is doing nothing about it,” said Sudhakar Panda,” secretary of Odisha Byabasayee Sangha.
“Vegetables are selling at extremely high prices these days.
Onions are nearly Rs 100 per kilo and vegetables like potatoes are selling above Rs 50.
It’s getting difficult to manage my kitchen as we can’t have non-vegetarian food during the Kartik month,” said Manjulata Swain, a homemaker from Cuttack.