From Rs 20 per kg, onion price has shot up to Rs 60 per kg in Bengaluru. In another incident, onions worth Rs 8 lakh have been stolen from a godown in Patna.
Bengaluru: Onion prices in Bengaluru surged after the rains hit the supply. Onions are now sold at Rs 60 per kilograms (kg).
"Onion price was Rs 20 per kg, and now there is a shortage of supply due to rains, and therefore we are getting onions at Rs 50-60 per kg. This is why we are selling it for Rs 60 per kg. It will remain like this for two more months and will stabilise after that," Inayatullah, a vendor at KR Market said.
He further said that the price rise has resulted in slowing down of sales. "Earlier customers used to buy 2 or 3 kgs, but now most of them stick to just purchasing 1 kg," he said.
A buyer Manohar said, "Just fifteen days ago I bought onions at Rs 20 per kg, but now it is selling at Rs 60 per kg. I don't know whose mistake is it, the government's or farmers' or is it due to climate change."
"Whatever is the reason the government should step in to check the price rise," he added.
Amidst the reports of soaring onion prices across the country, in another incident, a case of onion theft worth more than Rs 8 lakh from a dealer's godown has surfaced from Bihar.
Dheeraj Kumar, the godown owner, said that he found the godown broken in and 328 bags of onions along with cash missing when he came in the morning.
"At around 6 in the morning, I came to know that the door of my godown was broken, approximately Rs 8 lakh worth of onions kept in 328 bags, cash of Rs 1 lakh 73 thousand and a television set kept in the godown were stolen," Kumar said.
Last Updated 24, Sep 2019, 6:32 PM