Onions cross Rs100 per KG,
AP govt sells at Rs.40 Per kg in Rythubazars
It appears very common phenomenon that the price of essential commodity reach abnormal price once in a year and the government has to born the burden and make available the onions at lesser price in Rythu Bazars. Due to unexpected rains and flash floods in some areas, the price of onion has crossed Rs.100 and some where these are being sold at Rs.120 too. Now again the government of Andhrapradesh headed by the chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy initiated steps to provide the commodity at lesser price to the consumer. The government today started selling onions at a rate of Rs 40 a kg to the consumers at all Rythu Bazars all over the state.
However, since there is a shortage of onion stocks, the government has declared that each family would get only one kg of onions. There were long queues at all Rythu Bazars in almost all the major cities in the state. In the next couple of days, supply of onions at subsidized rates would start even in villages, sources said. According to state agriculture minister K Kannababu, the marketing department had made arrangements for procuring 5,000 tons of onions from NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India) for supply at subsidised rates. About 1,000 tons of onions would be released for immediate supply. Recent heavy rains and floods in various parts of the state resulted in heavy damages to the onion crops, especially in Kurnool and Kadapa districts of Rayalaseema, which are major suppliers. As a result, the state is forced to import onions at higher rates and supply the same to consumers at subsidized rates. The consuming of onion would be abnormally increased in coming few days as Navarathris would be over and public would celebrate Vijayadasami in grand manner. The families would gather and celebrate the festival with special dishes along with non vegetarian too. SO the consuming of onions would be obviously increased and the government has smelled the consequences during this festive season and started selling the commodity at lesser price.