Shallots(small onion) cost between ₹45-48 per kg: TNAU

According to a study by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, shallot (spring onion) prices are expected to stabilize in the coming months and could fluctuate between ₹45 and ₹48 per kg in October. Market Advisory of the Price Planning Center for Agricultural Studies and Rural Development, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, has given this forecast based on an analysis of historical prices prevailing in the Dindigul market for the last 10 product years. Based on the results of time series analysis, market prices of good quality shallots will be around ₹45-48 per kg in October 2023 and subsequent price fluctuations will depend on the onset of northeast monsoon and arrivals from neighboring Karnataka. 

Currently, small onions from Chamrajnagar in Karnataka reach the markets of Tamil Nadu. Products from Kollegal (Karnataka) and Udumalpet region of Tamil Nadu are expected to hit the market in the next few weeks. According to the university, shallot growers were asked to make appropriate marketing decisions. According to the first preliminary estimates of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (2022-2023), the shallot cultivation area is 0.46 lakh hectares and the production is 5.53 lakh tonnes. Dindigul, Tiruppur, Perambalur, Tiruchi and Namakkal are the major shallot growing areas of Tamil Nadu. The shallots account for almost 80% of the total onions produced in Tamil Nadu, with a yield of 12 tonnes per hectare.

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