The farm gate price of small onion is expected to increase beyond Rs. 45 a kg during the harvest period of September-October. Hence, the Domestic and Export Market Intelligence Cell (DEMIC) of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University have asked the farmers here to store and sell them from mid-October.

This forecast has been made based on the price that has prevailed for the last 15 years in the Dindigul market, which stood at Rs.35 to Rs.43 a kg, and surveys conducted with producers and traders.

Controlling the onion
The skyrocketing of onion prices is due to:
Inadequate storage facilities
Govt's mismanagement
An artificial demand by hoarders
Excessive rains in onion-growing States