Nafed confident onion prices will fall to Rs 25/kg in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 13 (PTI) Onion prices will come down toRs 25 a kg in the national capital in the next 10-15 daysfollowing a supply boost from Pakistan and increased arrivalsfrom Maharashtra, Nafed Chairman Bijendra Singh said today.

"Prices of onion would come down to a comfortable levelof Rs 25 a kg in the next 10 to 15 days," Singh said afterflagging off 15 mobile vans which will sell onions at asubsidised rate of Rs 35 a kg in different parts of the state.

"If it does not happen you can question me," the Nafedchief told mediapersons.

He said Delhi is all set to receive additional quantityof onion from Pakistan soon, besides arrival from Maharashtra,the feeder state, would be boosted after harvest of kharifcrop.

"Over 300 tonnes of onion from Pakistan is expected toland at Mundra port in Gujarat tomorrow from where it willcome to Delhi soon," Singh said, adding more quantity wouldarrive from across the border subsequently.

He said wholesale prices of the kitchen staple has showna decline by up to 20 per cent in the main producing regionsof Lasalgaon and Pimpalgaon (both in Nashik district ofMaharashtra) in last 3-4 days.

Agri cooperative Nafed has pressed into services mobilevans, the number of which will soon be increased to 100 from15 now. Also, each van will carry 2,000 kg of onion, up from500 kgs. Singh said this service would continue till ratescome down to a comfortable level.

The mobile vans are in addition to the five Nafedoutlets in Delhi which also sell onion at Rs 35/kg.

One person can buy not more than two kg of onion fromthe vans (as also in the Nafed outlets) in a day, he added.

Retail prices of onion are ruling over Rs 60/kg in thecapital.

On the first day, each mobile outlets will sell 500 kgof onions in colonies like Rohini-Ranibagh, Raja Garden-KirtiNagar, Janakpuri-Dwarka, ITO-Vidhana Sabha, Mayur Vihar-Samachar Apartments, Moti Bagh-R K Puram, INA-Kidwai Nagarand CGO Complex in Delhi. It would go to different regionsparticularly those inhabited by poor each day.

The Centre has agreed to compensate 30 per cent oflosses that NAFED would suffer in selling onion at cheaperrates.

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