The hotel industry, which is struggling to come out of the effects of the Covid-19 induced lockdown, sees the price of onion that has gone through the roof as a double whammy.
In one month alone, the all-India average retail price of onion has dropped by 33.33 per cent to Rs 40 per kg today from Rs 60 per kg on November 30 this year, officials said.
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.
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.
In a virtual press conference, Piyush Goyal said the retail prices of onion, potato and some of the pulses had increased.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday promised to apprise the Centre of the grievances of onion traders after they agreed to restart business in Lasalgaon.
The government banned exports of onion seeds with immediate effect amidst rising prices of the bulb in the domestic markets.
The Union Agriculture Minister was talking to reporters on Wednesday after taking part in a rally in Dharampuri town of Indore district ahead of the November 3 bypolls in MP.