NAFED starts selling onions at 35/kg via mobile outlets

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New Delhi, Jan 13 (PTI) To provide relief to consumershere, agri-cooperative NAFED today started the sale of onionsat a subsidised rate of Rs 35/kg via mobile vans which will becontinued till retail prices come down.

Currently, retail prices of onion are ruling over Rs60/kg in the capital.

NAFED Chairman Bijender Singh flagged off 15 mobile vansnear Azadpur mandi here to dispatch onions to the differentcolonies for sale.

On the first day, each mobile outlets will sell 500 kgof onions in colonies like Rohini-Ranibagh, Raja Garden-KirtiNagar, Janakpuri-Dwarka, ITO-Vidhana Soudha, Mayur Vihar-Samachar apartments, Moti Bagh-R K Puram, INA-Kidwai Nagarand CGO Complex in Delhi, according to NAFED.

From tomorrow, the number of mobile vans will increaseto 100 and also the quantity of sale of onion by each mobileoutlet would be raised to 2,000 kg, it said.

NAFED has been selling onions at Rs 35/kg for last fewdays at its five stores located at Ashram, Laurence Road,Krishi Bhavan and Khel Gaon.

Singh said the Delhi government has assured it willbear the transportation cost of mobile outlets for onion sale.

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

NAFED has been told to procure onions from Maharashtraand Gujarat, where arrival has increased and prices are alsolow.

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