The Centre has decided that in addition to earlier imports, further import of 1000 MT of onions will be made very soon. MMTC had already imported 1000 MT of onion from Pakistan earlier this month.
To put a check on the onion prices in open market, Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution reviewed prices and availability of onions in a meeting in New Delhi. The meeting was attended by Secretary, Agriculture; Secretary, Consumer Affairs; National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Fedration of India (NAFED), Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) and Mother Dairy.
In view of the positive impact of market intervention by various Government agencies in the open market to ensure availability of onions in Delhi, it was decided that the Government of NCT of Delhi and Safal will continue to procure of onions from appropriate channels and supply through their outlets. At present 100 MT of onions is being supplied daily by both the agencies together in Delhi. Any difference in the cost for these operations would be reimbursed by the Prices Stabilization Fund.
The minister directed the officials to continue a close watch on the prices of onions and to initiate required action promptly. Regular meetings are being held by Secretary, Consumer Affairs with all stakeholders including SFAC, NAFED, National Horticultural Research & Development Foundation (NHRDF), Mother Dairy, Government of Delhi and Ministry of Agriculture to take stock of the situation and evolve a policy strategy to keep prices of onions under check especially in Delhi.