RAWALPINDI - Onion prices have increased by more than 40 per cent in the market during the last three weeks, bringing its rate from Rs 45-50 to 70-75 per kilogramme.Onions, which is used in a variety of food products and is considered an important ingredient for home-made dishes, were available in the retail market at Rs70-75 per kg during this week.General Secretary of Rawalpindi Fruit Markets Association Qadir Mir said that the increase in prices of onions is due to gap between demand and supply.

However, one of the major reasons attributed by the retailers to the enhanced price of the commodity was inflated rates charged by the wholesalers at Subzi Mandi.

“We are compelled to increase prices of onion after buying it at a higher rates compared to a few weeks ago when it was available at normal rates” said one retailer of Mohalla Imambara while talking to APP.

Like past, the authorities concerned remained least bothered to check the sharp increase in onion price, giving a free hand to the traders to fix the prices on their own