New Delhi, Nov 13: In the wake of huge increase in the price of onions in the National Capital Region, the Department of Consumer Affairs has decided to store onions for buffer stock in modern cold storage facilities around Delhi.
According to official sources, during the next Rabi season, it has decided to store onions in the latest technology cold storages of Fresh and Healthy Enterprises, which is a subsidiary of CONCOR.
As a pilot project during the Rabi season, the company will be storing 5,000 tonnes of onions in cold storage at Rai in Haryana.
This cold storage with new technology has lower storage cost and moisture loss in onion is also less compared to conventional cold storage. With this, there will be an immediate supply of onion in the National Capital Region. To meet the shortage of onions in the capital, National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) has stepped up its procurement in Alwar, Rajasthan.
It had bought 52 tonnes of onions on Tuesday. The first two days, 30 tonnes and 26 tonnes of onions were purchased. Nafed has been asked to buy 20,000 tonnes of onions in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Apart from this, one lakh tonnes of onions are also being imported through MMTC, which is expected to hit the market before December 15.
According to sources, the Delhi government has demanded 150 tonnes of onions per day, while Jharkhand has demanded two trucks per day, Tamil Nadu one truck, West Bengal two trucks and Uttar Pradesh two trucks.
According to sources, onion prices have started declining now. (UNI)