Amaravati: Amidst the onion crisis in the country, the Andhra Pradesh government has taken steps to avoid giving trouble to its people from the spike in onion price. “The onions will be sold at Rs 25 per kilogram in Raithu Bazaar in a way that the onion prices are afordable,” said Mopidevi Venkata Ramana, Minister of Fisheries and Marketing at Secretariat on Tuesday. This decision has been taken after Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy ordered to buy huge quantities of onions in view of public facing affordability issues.
“The onions are being imported from Maharashtra’s Nanded and other states. So far, 653 metric tonnes of onions have been purchased,” said Minister Venkata Ramana.
Despite the financial burden on the government, a decision has been taken so that public shall not face problems. Marketing Intervention fund is being used for the purchase of onions from other states.
According to the Minister, some traders are creating artificial crisis by illegal onion hording. “Severe actions will be taken against those who create artificial onion crisis in the market,” said Minister Venkata Ramana.
The vigilance department officers are conducting raids on traders and storage building owners that creating artificial onion crisis. Despite the existing onion crisis in the market, few traders are trying to en cash the situation by storing the onions, so that they can hike the onion price during high demand.
The entire country is facing onion crisis because of floods that has resulted in less yield of onions.
The Minister has held this review meet with marketing department officials and taken necessary steps for the availability of required quantity of onions and regulate additional cost of onions.