Staff Reporter

The price is likely to be in the range of Rs. 17 a kg to Rs. 20 a kg

So far, India has exported 17.60 lakh tonnes in 2008-2009

COIMBATORE: The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University has advised small onion farmers to sell the produce immediately after harvesting from October to November.

According to a release from the Domestic and Export Market Intelligence Cell (DEMIC) of the university, farmers will get a price of Rs. 17 a kg to Rs. 20 a kg in the next three months. Predicted rainfall during the harvest season (October – November) might lead to poor quality bulbs and there could be a loss of 30 per cent of the produce if stored during the rainy season. Hence, farmers are advised to sell or arrange for proper storage facilities, to avoid storage losses, to sell during November to December for Rs. 19 a kg to Rs. 20 a kg. The major markets for small onions, Ottanchathiram and Dindigul, were selected for the study. It was observed that Tamil Nadu produced nearly 2.99 lakh tonnes of onion in 2008-09. More than 75 per cent of this constituted small onions.

Since small onion arrivals from Karnataka stopped in early August, the supply from Tamil Nadu will not help in the decline of onion price. Trade sources reveal that exports will pick up after Deepavali So far India has exported 17.60 lakh tonnes of onion in 2008-09, which is 37 per cent higher than that of 2007-08.