Traders and farmers at Asia’s largest onion market protested against the arrival of Egypt and Iranian onion that reduced prices drastically of the kitchen staple.
On Monday, Bellary onions were sold for Rs 100 a kilo and shallots for Rs 120 a kilo in the district.
Opposing the recently made farm laws, Mamata, in a four-page letter, said the new rules are encouraging hoarders and resulting in price rise and suffering of consumers.
In a big relief for consumers, prices of onion have started falling in retail markets across the state after arrival of new crops from Andhra Pradesh.
During the day, the maximum price per quintal was 4,100, the minimum price was Rs 1,151 while the average was Rs 3,200 against Rs 3,651 on November 5.
The Bihar assembly elections have affected the state’s efforts to procure onions to stem the rising price, Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar said on Thursday.
The Yogi Adityanath government has fixed the limit of stock for onion retailers, wholesalers in Uttar Pradesh to put a leash on hoarding and black marketing.
Farmers are going for large-scale onion farming in Maharashtra from this season as well as next season to cash in on the price spike of the indispensable kitchen staple.
This year, it wants to get the supplies from importers so that shipments could arrive fast and improve the domestic supply situation.
Despite Maharashtra being the top onion producing state in the country, retail price of the commodity in Mumbai was a hefty Rs 77/kg.
The onion traders had gone on a strike last week against the restrictions imposed by the Centre on stock limits of 25 metric tonnes for wholesalers.
Sources said on Friday 78 trucks came from Afghanistan and 45 a day earlier carrying about 40 metric tonnes (20,000 to 40,000 kg per truck).
Government data has revealed that in the last five years, only 34% of the sanctioned cold chain projects were completed while nearly 24% projects were cancelled.
Once the stock starts arriving in the state, consumers will be informed through advertisements, SMSes and social media
Officials at Central police station said they have launched a probe based on the complaint.