At the four major production centres in
Maharashtra, MP and Rajasthan, Onion growers have, on an average, received
38-59% higher realisation in April-May this year compared with the same period
Agriculturists are presently fetching
Rs 5.50-10.60 for every kg of Onion in key mandis close to major onion
production centres, compared with Rs 3.90-6.60 for each kg a year prior.
The average mandi price of Onion in Maharashtra,
was Rs 685.82 per quintal during April-May this year, compared with Rs 486.24 a
quintal a year earlier, an increase of 41%.
In Alwar, Rajasthan, which normally commands a
higher rate than Maharashtra, farmers sold Onion at an average price of Rs
1054.35 per quintal during this April-May against Rs 664.52 a quintal in the
same period last year.
The mandi arrival of Onion in April-June at
different places was also lower than arrivals at these wholesale market yards
last year. India’s Onion production is estimated to fall to 218.38 lakh tonnes
in 2017-18 (July-June), from 224.27 lakh tonnes in the previous year, according
to agriculture ministry data.