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Do not stock small onion: TNAU cell

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Onion is cultivated on a continuous basis

Area and production of onion in India are on an upswing


COIMBATORE: As the price of good quality small onion is expected to be around Rs. 1,900 and Rs. 2,400 a quintal for the next three months, farmers are recommended to sell them upon harvest without resorting to storage.

If the present export ban is lifted, which is mainly based on Bellary onion prices, the farm gate price of small onion will also increase by Rs. 2 to Rs. 3 a kg, according to the Domestic and Export Market Intelligence Cell of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

Tamil Nadu accounts for five per cent of the country's onion area and more than 70 per cent of this is occupied by small onion. Bellary onion cultivation is only 30 per cent as the availability of this type from North India is cheaper and storability of the onion is poor. Hence, farmers prefer to take up cultivation of small onion in Tamil Nadu.

There is no season for onion and it is cultivated on a continuous basis as it is one of the profitable vegetables. At present, onion from Perambulur, Dindigul and Tuticorin are arriving in the markets and soon arrivals from Coimbatore are also expected to start from the month end.

The area and production of onion in India are on an upswing. In 2001, the area under onion was 4.52 lakh hectares and it has increased to 7.57 lakh hectares till now. Nearly 40 per cent of India's annual onion production is during the summer season and the remaining in the winter season. Late Kharif crop started from mid-January 2011 and is expected to continue till mid-March 2011 with increased arrivals this month. Export variety of onion is higher in the Rabi season. But due to recent price hike, export of onion is banned indefinitely.

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