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After tomatoes, prices of onion soar to touch Rs 80 per kilogram in vegetable markets
In tune with high prices of tomatoes, the cost of onions has also now gone up and hit the Rs 80 mark per kilogram in national capital's retail markets due to shortage in supply, while a similar spike has also been noticed in other cities as well, according to trade data.

In other metro cities, onions are being sold at Rs 50-70 per kg, depending on the quality and locality, as per the data.

Earlier this year, the prices of tomatoes had touched Rs 100 for a kilogram in retail markets, and now the prices of onions have followed suit almost ensuring that the vegetable remains out of reach of the poor and middle-class households.

At Delhi's Azadpur mandi, which is Asia's largest vegetable market, the wholesale prices of onions are hovering between Rs 50-60 per kg, while it has registered a high of Rs 80 per kg in the retail market, a trader said.

According to traders, wholesale and retail prices of onions have reportedly skyrocketed to such levels because of lower supply from the key onion producing states, such as Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

Nashik's Lasalgoan mandi - Asia's biggest market for onion, from where the vegetable is transported to many places across India as well as exported to many countries of the world, has recently faced lower arrival of onions.

According to the report, the arrival of onions from Maharashtra's Nashik mandi has dropped by 47 per cent.

Currently, onions are being sold at Rs 33 per kg in Lasalgoan mandi as against Rs 7.50 per kg a year ago, as per the data maintained by the Nasik-based National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF).

Recently, Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan had expressed his inability in regulating the rising prices of onions.

"We have taken several measures, such as procurement by agencies from areas such as Nashik (Maharashtra) and Alwar (Rajasthan) where the cost is lower, as well as import of onions. But it (bringing down prices) is not in our hands," Paswan told reporters.

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