In the wholesale market of Jhenaidah, the price of murikati onion has come down. Onions are being sold at Rs 400 to Rs 600 per ounce. And last year’s garlic stored in the houses of farmers and traders is being sold at Rs 400 to Rs 500 per quintal.
According to the Jhenaidah district office of the Department of Agricultural Extension, this district is one of the largest onion producers in the country. This year, Murikati onion has been cultivated in about 1000 hectares. From the month of October, the onion starts to grow. Now the season is in full swing. Onion cultivation is more prevalent in Shailkupa upazila. Yesterday was Saturday, the day of the weekly market in Shailkupa.
It can be seen on the ground that a lot of onions have grown. Small onions are sold at Rs. 400 per ounce and large onions at Rs. 600 per ounce. In other words, the price per kg is 10 to 18 rupees.
Khaibar Hossain, a farmer from Naupara village in Shailkupa upazila, said he sold onions at Rs 400 per quintal. Abul Kashem, a farmer from Hakimpur village, said that his onion was good. He sold two maunds for 600 rupees.
Farmer Hashem Ali said he had stockpiled half of the garlic produced last year in the hope of higher prices. The price has dropped. He sold it for 500 rupees. This was his loss.
Jalal Hossain, a trader from Hitampur village, said he bought and stole garlic worth Tk 40,000 last season. On Saturday, he sold it at Rs. He has lost 30 thousand rupees.
Rezaul Islam, a wholesale onion and garlic trader in Shailkupa Bazar, said that the price of onion and garlic has come down. This is hurting farmers and stockists. He said at least 10 trucks of onions and garlic left the market in different parts of the country on Saturday.
Jhenaidah Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension. Azgar Ali said that even after meeting the demand of the district, there is a huge surplus of onion and garlic. It goes to different parts of the country.