Onions tough in India

Onion growers in Bangalore, India are having a tough time of it at present, according to the India Times.

The newspaper reported that production in the county is down to as much as a fifth of where it was a year ago. But that has not meant higher prices as consumption is also low, leading to prices at around a half of where they were 12 months ago.

A representative of the country’s Onion and Potato Growers’ Association was quoted as saying that the situation may continue until June.

Another problem is emerging in the Bellary region where the acreage of farm land is coming down as farmers are selling land to mine owners.

“It may not be a major trend, but it is happening,” the representative said. “The prices being offered to farmers for their land seems to be attractive.”