Egyptian onion has low demand in Kerala; price remains high for Indian variety
Thrissur: The Egyptian onion that tastes slightly sweet and does not cause the stinging sensation in eyes, has very low demand in Kerala. When the Indian onion was out of stock, the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) had imported 1000 tonnes of onion from Egypt.
NAFED had offered to sell this onion for Rs 50 per kilogram. Horticorp informed that they would take only 25 tonnes on an experimental basis. However, other states purchase this onion on a large scale.
As the government has no hope to control the price by importing onion from foreign countries, onion price hike is likely to continue for a few days. Currently, onion price is between Rs 70-75 per kilogram.
The state government decided to regulate the price of onion by importing after the price touched Rs 100 per kilogram. Civil Supplies, Horticorp and Consumerfed have approached the NAFED for onion.
Supplyco has requested for 1000 tonnes, Horticorp for 500 tonnes and Consumerfed for 300 tonnes. Among them, Horticorp received only 125 tonnes, Supplyco got 50 tonnes and Consumerfed 25 tonnes. With this, the government is planning to stock onions in the coming years to control price hike.