However, small onions remain costly at Rs. 17 a kg

CHENNAI: Onions can now be generously used in kitchens as its wholesale price has dropped to Rs.10-Rs.12 a kg.

For almost three months now, the wholesale rate of big onions remained high at Rs.14-Rs.18 due to heavy showers and poor crop yields in Maharashtra and Karnataka, from where the wholesale market obtains its major supply.

On Saturday, however, the Koyambedu wholesale market received plentiful fresh produce from the neighbouring States. However, small onions remain costly at Rs. 17 a kg in the wholesale market.

R. Mangaiyarkarasi, a resident of Ambattur, said she used seasonal vegetables because they were cheaper. “I reduced the quantity of onions I use in cooking for the past three months,” she said.

Secretary of Koyambedu MMC License Holders Merchants Association V.R. Soundararajan, said though the sales of onions had picked up in the market, the overall sales during the Deepavali festival days had fallen short of expectations. Sales during the past four days were only 40 per cent of last years figures, he said. About 700 tonnes of vegetables and flowers worth Rs. 20 lakh has accumulated as waste due to the poor sales. About 30-40 tonnes of vegetable waste was provided for the biomethanation plant in the market complex to produce electricity, he said.

Prices of vegetables

Potatoes still cost between Rs.13-Rs.14 a kg and the price may not come down for two more months due to poor yields, traders said. The other vegetables that are priced high include green peas (Rs.45 a kg), broad beans (Rs.25 a kg) and beans (Rs.20 a kg).

The price of onions has come down in the retail market too. They are sold at Rs.19-Rs.22 a kg in supermarkets and retail shops. While tomatoes and brinjal cost Rs.14 and Rs.16 a kg respectively, potatoes are sold at Rs.16-Rs.21. Cabbage cost Rs.10 a kg and carrots, Rs.22 a kg.