In the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, NCP MP Supriya Sule asked the FM about rising defaults in Mudra loans and about onion prices. "I belong to a family which does not eat onion and garlic", Sitharaman said in response during a Parliament debate on Wednesday.
Reportedly, several trucks transporting onions have gone missing and a Mandsaur farmer claimed his onion produce, worth Rs. 30,000, was stolen. We export rice and milk and so many other products.
"One is we don't have scientifically advanced methods of storing.So that is one of the things, so we need to have greater scientific storage facility for onions we have started working on it.then also to give better storage capacities within that region particularly around Lasalgaon", she said.
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Onion prices soared to Rs 140 per kg in various markets in West Bengal while it touched Rs 150 per kg in Hyderabad.
Onion prices are soaring as high as Rs. 100/kg in several parts of the country, even touching Rs. 150/kg in Kolkata and Rs. 180/kg in Madurai. Just recently, a farmer in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur alleged that his onion crop worth Rs 30,000 was uprooted and stolen from his field by thieves.
The minister's comment was not when someone asked about rising prices, but she was answering a question whether she ate onions. The Cabinet has approved import of 1.2 lakh tonnes of onions to improve the domestic supply and control prices. The supply from Egypt will arrive in India in the second week of December while consignment from Turkey will reach the Indian shores in January 2020. Exports have already banned and a limit has been imposed on stock-holding for wholesalers and retailers for an indefinite period.
Price of onions in many places has crossed Rs 100 per kg because of less production.