Kerala Hotel and Restaurants Association said the price of food products cannot be increased as the ongoing economic slowdown has already impacted people's spending habits, especially outdoor dining.
The wholesale price of onions had touched Rs 5,000 per bag a few days back, they said.
The reason for the unprecedented rush at the government-sponsored ‘onion sales counters’ was reported to be the steep increase in the prices of onions in the open market.
Crude palm oil has witnessed a more than 26 per cent rise in its price in the last two months. Mustard prices soared to Rs 300 per quintal and soybean rates jumped to around Rs 400 per quintal.
As he was protesting in the media parking at Vijay Chowk, policemen surrounded him and took him to Jantar Mantar.
This season, with prices of onions soaring, I hoped to fetch handsome prices for the crop that was to be harvested in a 9-10 days.
The skyrocketing prices of onions and shallots are likely to continue.
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Attributing shortage to low production, the minister said there are severe structural problems related to onions.
Onion prices have been ruling high for the past few weeks even as various measures have been initiated to increase the supply of the key kitchen staple.
The demand for onions is such that even the lesser-known quality of onions from Andhra Pradesh that have less shelf life is being sold at Rs 100 catching the consumers off the guard.
Chowdhury launched attack on the Centre's policy raising issue of price rise of daily used items like onions, other vegetables, and pulses.
The AAP leaders questioned the Centre as to why onions kept perishing while consumers paid high prices.
Monday was the first trading day of December and the wholesale price of the summer crop of onions was the highest this season in Nashik district, a major producer of the vegetable.
In just the last one week, four cases of onion theft have been reported in Gadag, Gajendragad and Ron taluks in the district, sending farmers and the local police into a tizzy.
Over 1000 hectares of shallot crop in Perambalur, which is one of the hubs, are affected out of the total shallot cultivation area of 3,291 hectares, said sources.