The price rise is a direct outcome of the delay of trains bringing consignments of onions coming from outside the state.
The All Guwahati Potato Onion Merchants’ Association (AGPOMA) has allegedly approached Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav to look into the matter. The late arrival has also led to the damage of thousands of these products further escalating the prices of these perishables.
Vinod jain, Secretary AGPOMA said that the consignment especially from Bangalore have been delayed by a couple of weeks. As a result a short supply has sky rocketed onion prices which were earlier priced at Rs 18 per kg to Rs 25 to 28 per kg in the retail market. If this trend continues for a few more days the prices may further escalate upto Rs 40 per kg.
The usual supply of onions in the state is 1,500 metric tones a week, whereas the next few weeks the supply may dwindle to about 1000 MT.
A proper arrangement by the railway personnel and efforts by the central government may improve the conditions immensely.
The state government on its part is thinking of introducing fair price mobile vans to sell onions at wholesale rates to give some reprieve to the consumers. Guwahati meanwhile is getting a supply of onions from Changsari which has eased the situation a little. Usually Assam and the northeastern states gets its onions from states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Nasik , Patna and certain adjoining areas of Bangalore but heavy rainfall has taken a toll on the farmers in those places which has led to a short fall of onions in our state.