Auction halted; 80 tons of garlic losing aroma with no takers
Mettupalayam: The auction procedures of garlic have come to a halt amid lockdown imposed in the country.
As traders and farmers find it difficult to arrive for auction, further procedures can’t be held, said garlic traders association president N S V Arumukham.
Under usual circumstances, the garlic procured on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be stored separately. On Sunday auctions are held at six centres and garlic will be exported to other places. On an average 320 tons of garlic is auctioned where 200 farmers and around 350 traders attend.
Last Sunday's auction, 200 tons of garlic was sold. The remaining 80 tons have piled up with no takers as no one turned up in yesterday's auction.
The garlic season only started in Nilgiri. The garlic from Ooty is mainly used as seed.
As per the last auction, one kg of garlic is priced between Rs 70 to Rs 200.