New Delhi: National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (Nafed) has said it will increase the number of mobile vans selling onion in the Capital, if demand increases.
The public sector cooperative started selling onions at Rs16 per kg, which is less by Rs2-6 per kg than the retail market price, at three of its four outlets and in two mobile vans in Delhi from Friday, said a Nafed official.
“We are selling onions 2.5kg per person to ensure that the commodity reaches the actual users,” Nafed general manager Pravin Jain said. Onions will be available at the Krishi Bhawan outlet from Monday, he added.
Nafed fears lowering the price much below the retail market price may lead to people buying more than their requirement, Jain said, adding that it was also necessary to introduce rationing.
He, however, clarified Nafed is prepared to supply as much as people require.
Meanwhile, onions were sold in the range of Rs12.50-15.25 per kg on Saturday at Azadpur market, where about 2,300 tonnes of goods were delivered, traders said.
With a huge demand from the Capital, more onions from Maharashtra and Gujarat are heading for Delhi which could ease prices, they said.
However, consumers may have to wait till summer, unless the government sells at reduced rate, for a respite from the onslaught of high onion prices. That is when crop from Rajasthan and other states would hit the market, a trader said.