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Onion prices ease as supply increases: Pawar
Published on 19 Jan. 2011 12:22 AM IST
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Onion prices have started to come down due to fresh supply from Bhavnagar mandi in Gujarat, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, said.
Replying to the questions of reporters, Pawar added on Tuesday that onion prices are falling on supply from Bhavnagar and will see more pressure in near term owing to more arrivals from Nasik mandi in Maharashtra, stated Zee news.
However he refused to comment on the issue of other vegetables’ price rise by saying that I have no answer of this question.
Earlier on Monday Pawar maintained while the production of a few commodities was increasing, the demand was invariably surpassing the supply, leading to inflation in prices and the government was looking to take necessary steps to tame the inflation.
The food inflation, driven by the spurt in food and vegetable prices, soared to 18.32 per cent for week ended December 25.
The minister added, while the government was concerned about food security, it was beyond the ambit of the government to tell farmers to grow specific food items like pulses or vegetables. Pawar maintained the government would take all possible steps in the future including allowing of commodities’ import, if required, to tame the inflation.
Commenting on the spiraling prices of onion in the country, which he termed as a temporary phase, Pawar blamed the untimely rain in the state of Maharashtra which according to him has damaged 70 per cent of the onion crop.
He maintained, the arrival of fresh onion crops in the market could only help cool down the prices of the bulb.
The minister revealed to boost the milk production in the coming years, the government had planned Rs.17,000 crore project in assistance with the World Bank, which would help the dairy production in the country to move up.

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