At a time when the entire country is sweating over the skyrocketing onion prices, hectares of the damaged vegetable have been found in Lasalgaon in Nashik. Lasalgaon is the epicentre of onion production.
While the traders in Nashik have made windfall profits, the farmers in the onion belt have struggled to sell their produce. "We are not being able to sell our produce as the crops are damaged and we haven't benefited from the high onion prices," a farmer Gaurav Borse said.
In Chandwar district too several crops have been found damaged adding to the unprecedented crisis of the vegetable. However, traders in the onion belt say there is no reason to panic.
"The prices will come down in the next 10-15 days. The unseasonal rainfall was the main reason for the high onion prices. If there is no rainfall in the next few days, prices will stabilize," trader Manoj Jain said.
The consumers continue to face the brunt of the rising prices as the production of onions is now down to 37,000 hectares and traders are exploiting its shortfall to their fullest.