Centre Initiates Aggressive Disposal Of Onion

  • Government has initiated aggressive retail sales of onions.
  • From the buffer, at a subsidized price of Rs.25 per kg to protect the consumers from the recent increase in onion prices due to delay in the arrival of kharif crop.


  • Imposition of Minimum Export Price (MEP) of USD 800 per MT with effect from 29th October, 2023.
  • Enhancement of buffer procurement by 2 lakh tons → over 5.06 lakh tons already procured.
  • Continuous disposal of onion through retail sales, e-Nam auction and bulk sales in wholesale markets since the 2nd week of August.
  • The Department of Consumer Affairs has started disposal of onions through retail outlets and mobile vans operated by NCCF, NAFED, Kendriya Bhandar and other State-controlled cooperatives
  • Till 2nd November, NAFED has set up 329 retail points, consisting of stationary outlets and mobile vans, in 55 cities across 21 states.
  • NCCF has set up 457 retail points in 54 cities across 20 states.
  • Kendriya Bhandar started retail supply of onion through its retail outlets across Delhi-NCR from 3rd November 2023.
  • Safal Mother Dairy will start from this weekend.
  • The retail sale of onion to consumers in Telangana and other southern states is being taken up by the Hyderabad Agricultural Cooperatives Association (HACA).
  • To control the seasonal price volatility between Rabi and kharif crops the Government maintains onion buffer by procuring Rabi onion for subsequent calibrated and targeted release.
  • When prices of tomatoes shot up from the last week of June 2023 → due to supply disruptions caused by monsoon rains and white fly infestation, → the Government intervened by procuring tomatoes through NCCF and NAFED from the producing States of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra and supplied at subsidised rate to consumers.
  • To ensure the availability and affordability of dal to ordinary households, the Government has launched Bharat Dal at subsidized prices.
  • Bharat Dal is available for retail sale to consumers and for supplies to the Army, CAPF and welfare schemes through NAFED, NCCF, Kendriya Bhandar, Safal and state-controlled cooperatives in Telangana and Maharashtra.
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