Ranchi: Food and civil supplies minister Saryu Rai has directed his department secretary to take administrative efforts in order to bring down the wholesale and retail price of the onion in the different districts of the state.
He has also directed to export the onion from Nafed and other states and has said that the vegetable should be sold from the Suvidha Kendra.
On Wednesday the Minister held a meeting with the secretary of the department and also with the wholesale dealers of potato and onion over the rising price of onion in the state. The traders informed the minister that the jump in the cost of the onion is due to temporary reasons and within a week or 10 days the prices would come down.
They informed that the non-stop rainfall for the last three days in Maharashtra has caused moisture in the stored onion due to which huge quantity of the produce has rotten down apart from that many states did not undertake off-take of the onion due to which they were all spoiled, however, onion has started coming from Rajasthan Karnataka and another South Indian state which will be beneficial in controlling the prices of the commodity.
During the course of the meeting, it emerged that in 20 markets of the state at present 5400 quintals of onion was present and a maximum of 2200 quintals was stored in Ranchi district while a minimum of 20 quintals of onion was
in Garhwa district.
On Wednesday the wholesale rate of onion per quintal in Daltonganj, Lohardaga and Koderma was Rs 6500 while that in Pakur was Rs 3500 and Godda was Rs 4200.