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Onion, garlic prices fall drastically in MP's Neemuch Mandi

Press Trust of India  |  Neemuch (MP) 

Prices of onion and have dropped to between 50-90 paise and Rs 2 per respectively in Madhya Pradesh's Mandi, leading to distress among farmers.

While some of them returned without placing their produce for sale, others dumped it in the market and left, said officials Tuesday.

An official, however, said the lower rates were mainly for that part of the stock which was of poor quality, adding that oversupply was a factor in bringing down prices.

"On Monday, the onion price was between Rs 90 and Rs 900 per quintal (100 kilograms). The price of was between Rs 200 to Rs 3900 per quintal. Only a small amount of onion and was sold at lower price due to their poor quality," secretary claimed.

As per the estimate provided by the official, the wholesale price for onion was 90 paise per while it was Rs two for garlic.

Shrivastava claimed that the average rate of onion on Monday in was Rs 600 per quintal while this was around Rs 1000 for garlic.

Shrivastava said around 5,000 quintals of onion and 8,000 quintals of the garlic arrived at Neemuch Mandi on Monday.

However, Indarmal Patidar, a from Kelukheda village of Neemuch district, said he was offered a much lower price -- of 50 paise per when he arrived to sell his onion stock of 15 quintals.

"I came to know when reached I Neemuch Mandi that its rate had reduced to 50 paise per kilogram. So I decided to take back my crop and feed it to cattle," Patidar said.

Another farmer, from Rajasthan's Marjivi village, Mahesh Kumar, said he was leaving his crop behind in the Mandi as he was not getting proper rates and taking it back would entail

The garlic crop was also sold as low as Rs two per kilogram at the Mandi with Rajesh, a from Badnawar, claiming that he arrived at the market on Sunday but was yet to sell his stock due to lack of remunerative rates.

He said the prevailing rates would not even cover the cost of production.

Meanwhile, Shrivastava said, "Oversupply may also have caused a fall in prices of these crops. However, of the 5000 quintals that reached the Mandi, only 25-30 quintals of onion was sold below the rate of Rs 100 per quintal. This was because of poor quality," he said.

The said that, similarly, the garlic sold at lower price was of poor quality as well.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 17:55 IST
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