**Bhubaneswar: ** As onion prices are on rise in Odisha when consumers are feeling the pinches of sky-rocketing prices of tomato, State Government on Monday woke up to the occasion to tackle the situation.
Talking to OMMCOM NEWS over phone, Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Minister Surya Narayan Patro said, “The way onion price has gone up now, it is because of the effect in Nasik. Generally onion is imported from Maharashtra’s Nasik and currently, the price there is high. Today we discussed with the Chamber of Commerce. We were informed that they would make arrangements for importing onion from other States in two to three days. Hence, the rate will go down after that.”
“Besides, our Department Secretary and officials have warned against hoarding of onion. Chamber of Commerce has been asked to guard against onion hoarding and our officials are also hawk-eyed against it.”
Notably, all the Collectors on Monday were asked by the Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Department to keep a tab on onion hoarding and hold discussions with respective traders in the districts and see that the onion price remains reasonable.
Need to be mentioned that onion prices per kilo has gone up by Rs 5-7 creating apprehension among consumers of further price rise in near future.
While two days back onion price was at Rs 15 per kilo, but now it is priced at Rs 20, according to reports.
While Odisha has a demand for four lakh tonne onions, only one lakh tonne is being produced here, as per official sources.
On the contrary, Odisha farmers reportedly had gone for onion distress sale in Kalahandi, Nuapada and Bolangir districts due to lack of adequate storage facilities of onions during the harvest period.