According to the latest estimate from the Union Ministry of Food, India’s onion output is estimated to remain this year at 21.4 million tonnes, around 4.5 per cent lower than the production reported during the last year.
The estimated fall in onion output is attributed to the substantial decline in sowing area this year. Data compiled by the Union Ministry of Agriculture showed total sowing area under onion cultivation this year at 1.19 million hectares, 8.4 per cent lower than last year.
“Onion farmers are awaiting little warm weather for soil moisture to reduce, which would be conducive for harvesting. We expect harvesting to commence in full swing in a week,” said Atul Shah, the director of APMC Pimpalgaon.
According to the National Horticulture Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF), onion supply has started increasing in mandis over the past five days. The Lasalgaon mandi, for example, has received nearly 25 per cent of the December 2017 supply in just five days of January 2018. Total onion supply during December 2017 was reported at 504,271 tonnes. However, in the first five days of January 2018, total onion supply in the Lasalgaon mandi was recorded at