By Nayan Dave

Buoyed by regular worldwide demand and a sudden drop in onion costs within the span of a fortnight, greater than 160 dehydrated vegetable-manufacturing items in Gujarat have began working at their full capability.

Only a month in the past, practically 50% of those items, concerned in exports, within the Saurashtra area had been nearly closed as a result of excessive charges of dehydration-quality onions, enhanced coal costs and elevated freight charges, says Manoj Ram, president of All India Greens Dehydrated Producers Growth Affiliation (AVDMDA), including, “With the rabi onion crop hitting the market, costs of the commodity in main agriculture markets of Saurashtra declined from over Rs 200 for 20 kg to Rs 110-150 for 20 kg within the final 15-20 days.”

Costs of dehydration-quality white onion soared to Rs 250 for 20 kg in February this 12 months, which was too expensive for dehydration crops, says Ketuman Nanavati, a Rajkot-based exporter of dehydrated onion powder. “Now, not solely have costs of onions come down, however there may be good demand from European nations, the USA and Gulf nations. Dehydrated vegetable items in Saurashtra have seized this chance. However they don’t seem to be capable of export to nations like Russia, Ukraine and a few others in Japanese Europe as a result of present geopolitical scenario,” stated Nanavati.

The season for onion dehydration usually begins in February and lasts until July. Because of the excessive charges of dehydration-quality white onions, this 12 months’s season kicked off in April and is at its peak now. Of the 160 dehydration crops within the area, practically 120 are located in and across the coastal Mahuva city in Bhavnagar district. Aside from Gujarat, a few dehydrated vegetable items have developed in Indore and Jalgaon.

India’s dehydrated vegetable producers produce practically 80,000 tonne of dehydrated onion powder and round 40,000 tonne of dehydrated garlic powder yearly. Of those, 90% are exported. Main home patrons of this over Rs 1,000-crore business embody ITC and Nestle India. Globally, India enjoys 70% market share in dehydrated onion merchandise. Egypt is the second largest exporter of comparable merchandise. Dehydrated vegetable items located in Gujarat present employment to just about 35,000 individuals.

“As a substitute of storing onions, farmers have determined to promote the crop within the wake of an unseasonal rain forecast and elevated sowing space,” says Ghanshyam Patel, president of Mahuva Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), the largest onion-trading hub in Gujarat.

As per the information of the state agriculture division, rabi onion sowing in Gujarat has elevated to 88,400 hectares through the present season, from 61,600 hectares the earlier 12 months. In the meantime, on Monday, Gujarat’s agriculture minister Raghavji Patel introduced that the state authorities would give monetary help value Rs 2 per kg to onion growers, contemplating a dip within the costs of the commodity, as much as Rs 50,000 per farmer.

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