New Delhi: The sharp rise in onion prices is largely due to poor monsoons affecting crop output in major onion growing areas but there is one more factor responsible for it.

It is being considered that the tension across the border is also playing a large role in rising onion prices. The tension which started in January has affected the import of onion from Pakistan through Attari Wagah Border.
 
Rajesh Sethia, an export-import businessman said that special precautions were being taken after the cross border tension and since fruits and vegetables are perishable items it is causing huge loss to traders.
 
The trucks carrying fruits and vegetables are made to wait for days before they are allowed to cross the border.  According to statics, nearly 300 trucks were made to wait on January 15 near Attari border.

Onions imported from Pakistan are sold in the markets of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh which helps in keeping its prices under check. In the last one month nearly 50 percent increase in whole sale prices was recorded but now there are indications that prices of onions may go down in domestic market.

Now all the hopes are on supply of late kharif crop supply from Nasik (Maharashtra), Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh which begins in the month of March.

JPN/Bureau

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