Prices of onion, potato farmers in Uttar Pradesh

Prices of onion in the key market of Nashik, Maharashtra, were unchanged as subdued demand from domestic stockists negated gains due to lower arrivals. In Lasalgaon, the benchmark market, prices of onion were steady at 850-900 rupees per 100 kg. Arrivals were pegged at 900-1,000 trolleys of 1.5 tn each, down 50-100 trolleys from previous day. In Pimpalgaon, a key market, prices were at 600-850 rupees per 100 kg, unchanged from previous day. Arrivals were at 1,000-1,100 trolleys, down 100 trolleys.

potato farmers in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab have not been able to recover even the production cost of the crop as market price of potatoes crashed by 39-50 per cent in December 2018. Around Rs 9-12 per kg is spent on potato farming, but, of this, Rs 6-8 per kg is production cost and Rs 3-4 per kg is spent on harvesting, packaging, cold storage and transportation. The report shows that while farmers in Punjab were forced to sell their crop for Rs 4 per kg, those in Uttar Pradesh sold potatoes at Rs 6.7 per kg last month. In November 2018, the wholesale price of potatoes was Rs 7 per kg in Punjab and Rs 11 per kg in Uttar Pradesh.