Nearly 3 to 4 million tonnes (MT) of onions are wasted every year due to lack of adequate storage facilities, said senior Government officials at an event held in New Delhi on Wednesday.
“India produces 19 MT of onions each year of which 15-16 MT reach consumers. The rest gets wasted due to lack of storages and cold chains,” said Santosh Sarangi, Joint Secretary in the Commerce Ministry, at a seminar on agricultural and horticultural exports held by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In New Delhi, average retail prices have come down from Rs 67/kg a week ago to Rs 59 as on Wednesday due to arrivals of the early Kharif crop from Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Despite the slight reduction, prices are 97 percent higher than at the same time last year when the average price was Rs 30, according to Consumer Affairs Ministry data.
Onion production is estimated to have slipped to 18.92 MT in 2014-15 from 19.4 MT the year before.