The all-India average retail price of Onion as on 17.02.2022 was Rs.35.28/kg which is 22.36% lower than that of the last year. Late Kharif onion arrivals are steady and expected to remain till Rabi arrival from March, 2022. The prices of Onion remained substantially stable during 2021-22 due to effective market intervention through Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF). Onion buffer of 2.08 LMT built in current year under the Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF) has been released in a calibrated and targeted manner to States/Cities where prices are increasing over the previous month and also to source markets such as Lasalgaon and Pimplegaon to augment the availability in these key mandis. Further, States/UTs had been offered Onion at Rs.21/kg ex-storage locations and Safal had also been supplied @Rs.`26/kg inclusive of transportation cost. The aggressive releases of onion from the buffer have contributed to stability in prices.
Similarly, the retail prices of Potato as on 17.2.2022 was Rs.20.58/kg, 6.96% lower than last month. Potato sowing has been delayed in southern part of West Bengal due to cyclone Jawad, however, the State reported that crop area has recovered almost to the level of last year. The total crop area for 2021-22 is estimated to be comparable with that of last year.
Under the Price Stabilisation Fund scheme, interest free advances are provided to States/UTs for creation of State-level Price Stabilisation Fund, on 50:50 sharing basis (75:25 in case of NE States). So far six States, viz., Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal have drawn the advance and a total of Rs.164.15 crore has been released as Central share. These States have the funds and mandate to undertake necessary interventions for controlling prices of essential food commodities. Other States have also been requested to set up the PSF for State-level interventions to control price rise in essential food commodities.
The retail price of tomato has been on a decline during the past one month though it remained slightly above year’s level. As on 17.02.2022, the all-India average price of Tomato was Rs 26.69/kg which is lower than last month. As arrivals in north India will pick up pace and prices will go down further in the coming week. Arrivals in South India will also increase in the coming week and will pick up pace till end February.