After tomatoes, the government will begin selling onions at reduced prices in Delhi from tomorrow.


After tomatoes, government is all set ready to sell onions at a reduced prices in Delhi from tomorrow.

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The NCCF cooperative will begin retail sale of onion from the government buffer stock at a discounted rate of 25 per kg in the national capital on Monday to relieve customers of high prices for the kitchen staple, its top official said on Sunday.
The National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India (NCCF) is already selling tomatoes at a subsidised rate on behalf of the national government, and it has now been mandated to trade buffer onion.
The government has set aside 3 lakh tonnes of onion for the fiscal year 2023-24. It has also decided to purchase an additional 2 lakh tonne of onion this year as a buffer.
“First and foremost, we will begin selling buffer onions in Delhi.” “Through our mobile vans and two retail outlets, we will sell at a subsidised rate of 25 per kg,” NCCF Managing Director Anice Joseph Chandra told PTI.
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On Monday, around ten mobile vans will be delivered in the national capital, and further locations will be covered progressively. NCCF will also offer the item through its two retail stores in the national capital, Nehru Place and Okhla, she said.
NCCF also intends to sell onions online through the ONDC (Open Network for Digital Commerce) platform, and is now negotiating terms.
For market involvement, the government has designated Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, and Assam. The availability in these five states is being increased by disposing of buffer onion in both the wholesale and retail sectors.
Buffer onion is sold at mandi rate in wholesale marketplaces and at a subsidised rate of 25 per kg in retail markets. Retail sales will begin in Delhi on Monday, with the other four states following two days later, she said.
According to government data, the all-India average retail price of onion climbed by 19% to 29.73 per kg on Sunday, up from 25 per kg the previous year.
The retail price of onion in Delhi has risen to 37 per kg from 28 per kg during the same period.
NCCF has been distributing tomatoes at reduced prices in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan for the past month. It began selling at 90 cents per kilogramme when retail prices were over Rs250 per kilogramme. With the improvement in arrivals, the subsidised rate has been cut to Rs 40 per kilogramme.

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