Onion prices soar in Dimapur

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/5/2019 11:46:40 AM IST
Onion prices, which have shot through the roof across the country, could soon touch a new high of Rs 150 per kg in the city markets, traders and analysts said on Thursday.
Onions are going scare in Dimapur and on Wednesday it has all but disappeared from the market after being sold at Rs.100 per kg in the market. Consumers suspect that the “disappearance” of onion will cause shortage and blackmarket and then to be sold at not less than Rs.120 per kg. Tomatoes are also being sold at Rs.80 per kg in the market.
Authorities have yet to respond to the artificial scarcity and eventual black-market of the edible items.
Households and restaurants in India are reeling under pressure as onion prices have surged exponentially. A kilo of onion is retailing at Rs 90-100 in most states, peaking at Rs 120-130 per kilo in major cities like Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Odisha, and Pune.
The opposition on Thursday stepped up its attack on the government over the spiralling onion prices. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman countered the opposition and said the government has taken several measures to check the rising prices.
Amit Shah holds high-level meeting: Home minister Amit Shah on Thursday reviewed progress made in the import of key kitchen staple to boost domestic supplies and check spiralling prices.
The consumer affairs secretary, who made a presentation on the onion price situation in the meeting, informed that state-run MMTC has contracted import of over 21,000 tonnes of onion from Egypt and Turkey and the shipments are expected to arrive by mid-January.

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