Original! Price of Onions
Onions were sold at Rs 60-70 a kg across the city over the weekend, belying the Centre's claim that nation-wide raids on Friday had softened the price of the vegetable.
Price in Suburban
I bought onions for Rs 48 a kg both yesterday and today. I was under the impression that the price would fall after the income tax raids on those hoarding onions while buying vegetables at Burdwan town(Kalna Gate Market) on Sunday morning.
Please don't argue with suburban retailers
On Saturday, I had started arguing with a greengrocer who asked for Rs 48 for a kg of onion — the same price as Friday — only to be told that the other retailers in the market were selling onions at the same rate.
Great Retailers of Kolkata
According to retailers, the price(Rs. 60/-) has not come down as the wholesalers at Koley market and Posta market had been charging the same as last week.
The market buzz is that the price would hold for the next few days.
Play Same Broken Record after each hike
At this time of the year, Calcutta is completely dependent on the supply of onions from Nasik in Maharashtra. A reduction in price is possible only if there is steady supply from western India and at a reduced price," said Bholanath Saha, a trader at Lake Market.
At Gariahat market, onions were sold between Rs 65 and Rs 70 a kg on Saturday. On Sunday, onions were sold at Rs 60 per kg at Gariahat market.
The onions currently in the city markets reached Calcutta from Nasik at least three days ago and were bought at high rates.
Only 15 trucks of onions arrived in the city on Saturday against the required 50 trucks. Wholesalers at Posta market sold the new stock of onions to retailers at Rs 45 a kg, down from last week's Rs 55 a kg. Sunday being a holiday, the new consignment of onions were not distributed from wholesale markets.
"Till 50 trucks of onions start reaching the city every day, the prices will not come down," said Chinmoy De, a wholesale trader at Posta market.
Very Poor quality onion for Whom?....another story.
On Saturday, another variety of onions reached the city that wholesalers sold to retailers for Rs 30 a kg. "The quality of these onions is very poor," said a wholesaler.
Again Eye wash Raid for General Public
In Bengal, the income tax department had raided onion hubs in Sealdah and Asansol on Friday to prevent hoarding and help bring down the price.
We are not Donkey Sir
The price is expected to fall after a fortnight even if the supply from Nasik does not improve much.
"The local produce will reach the market in January-end. Once the home-grown onions become available, the prices will automatically drop," said a wholesale trader.
JAGO! GRAHOK! JAGO!