State to regulate onion price

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Saturday asked all the district collectors to regulate price of onion which was being sold at a rate of more than Rs 30 a kg, official sources said.
"District collectors have been asked to hold talks with traders and ensure no hoarding in their respective areas," Food and Supplies Secretary M S Padhi told reporters here.
Admitting that the price of onion has crossed Rs 30 a kg since two days, Padhi said the price hike was mostly due to drop of onion production in Maharashtra. Odisha used to procure its onion requirement from Nashik, he said.
Padhi, however, said that the onion price was likely to remain around Rs 30 a kg in the state till March end. "We are hopeful of a change in the situation after second batch onion production by end of winter," he said.
Meanwhile, supplies department inspectors today verified stocks at different onion godowns in the state capital. "There is no scarcity of onions in the market. We found storage of adequate onions at godowns," said supply inspector G Mishra.