Onion prices in the wholesale markets here today dipped by Rs5 a kg to about Rs42.50 a kg on improved supplies, but retail prices of the vegetable continued to rule high at around Rs60 a kg in Delhi.
Increased arrival lowered the wholesale price of the commodity by Rs5 a kg. Traders made bulk purchase of the root vegetable at Rs42.5 a kg at Azadpur today, Delhi Agricultural Marketing Board (DAMB) chairman Brahm Yadav said.
The arrival of onion today jumped to 860 tonnes in Azadpur mandi, Asia's biggest wholesale fruit and vegetables market, against 162 tonnes yesterday, he said, adding supply rose substantially in Okhla market too.
A downslide in wholesale onion prices, however, had no impact on retail markets in the national capital, where the vegetable continued to sell at Rs50-60 a kg, traders said.
The scenario was no better in other metros.
Onion sold at Rs50-65/kg in retail in Mumbai while it cost Rs45-55/kg in Kolkata and Rs60 per kg in the southern metropolis in retail outlets, traders said.
Delhi requires about 400 tonnes of onion daily, agri-cooperative najor Nafed Chairman Bijendra Singh said.
NAFED, which is selling onion in Delhi at subsidised rate of Rs35 a kg through its outlets, also increased the number of mobile vans to 20 from 15 earlier.
Meanwhile, 200 tonnes of onion imported from Pakistan by the state agencies PEC and STC to boost supply in Delhi is likely to land at the Mundra port in Gujarat tonight.
Onion consignment is expected to reach Delhi by Monday, Singh said.
More consignments of the bulb crop from Pakistan are expected in the next couple of days, sources in state-owned PEC said.
Though the wholesale rate of onion rose by Rs1 a kg in main producing region Lasalgaon in Nashik district of Maharashtra it stayed steady at Rs35/kg in Pimpalgaon (in the same district).