After a satisfactory start to the monsoon, lower overseas demand due to Ramadan and rumours about imports from Pakistan, onion prices declined last week.
Prices fell even before the government increased the minimum export price to $425 (Rs 26,968) a tonne on Friday to discourage exports.
The increase in the minimum export price (MEP) makes onions almost on par with rates overseas.
Average monthly wholesale onion prices at Lasalgaon agriculture produce market committee (APMC) in Nashik district had increased to Rs 16/kg in June from Rs 12/kg in May.
However, wholesale onion prices dropped by Rs 2/kg over the past 10 days mainly due to a decline in exports due to Ramadan and the timely arrival of rains.
The major kharif onion growing states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan have received good rainfall.
“For the first time, the ministry has taken into consideration the prevailing export price for fixing MEP. Considering the export price of about Rs 20/kg and other costs like transport, the hike in MEP is reasonable,” a government official told ET.
The past year’s good prices may encourage onion farmers to stay with the crop. Farmers received an average of Rs 13/kg during the past one year. Timely sowing will also mean that the kharif crop will come to the markets on time and stored stocks will start dwindling.
The condition of the early sown crop in small pockets of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh is reported to be good.
“Onion situation looks to be under control now as compared to what we were expecting two months ago,” said Ajit Shah, chairman of the Onion Exporters’ Association.
Another reason for the decline in prices at Lasalgaon was a rumour that spread on the WhatsApp messaging service about onions being imported from Pakistan.
A section of traders believes that a rally in onion prices is inevitable this year.
“Wholesale onion prices will hit Rs 35/kg to Rs 40/kg in September-October,” said a wholesaler from New Delhi.
Bhuj, Sep 09, 2017: White, fluffy clouds hanging low over green hills, little pools of still water teeming with migratory birds and an omnipresent cool breeze — the semi-arid region of Kutch in Gujarat transforms into a completely different avatar during the monsoon.
And although winter — the time detailed as “ideal” to visit this region — shows you a side of hers that’s truly unique, Kutch makes for a pretty picture during the rains, perfect for a rejuvenating holiday.
Nestling on the country’s western border, close to the Arabian Sea, Kutch had recently been in the news for the cyclonic storm-induced thundershowers that lasted five days. Before that, and like the rest of the state, floods had also hit the region in July.
“Heavy showers are normal during the monsoon,” local taxi driver and long-time Bhuj resident Anwar Khatri said, indicating that the heavy rainfall was not out-of-the-ordinary. “But in the last three-four years, we have had very scanty rainfall. The monsoon brings out a different facet of Kutch, the brown transforms into green.”
Kutch occupies an important geographical location when it comes to birds, said ornithologist Jugal Kishor Tiwari, since it falls on their migration route. His organisation, Centre for Desert and Ocean (CEDO), works on wildlife conservation and promotes nature tourism.
And although the winter is a brilliant time to spot a host of migratory birds, one can indulge in some bird-watching during the monsoon as well. CEDO, which is based out of Moti Virani village, some 400 km from Gujarat capital Gandhinagar, organises tailor-made tours of such nature.
A visit to Kutch would however be incomplete without witnessing its rich treasure trove of handicrafts. Ajrakh (block printing), camel leather craft, Bandhni, different forms of weaving, bellmetal craft, Kutch embroidery — the list is endless — and nothing beats the wonder of watching an artisan work on his or her craft.
After the devastating earthquake in 2001, several NGOs took up the initiative of supporting artisans and their art, even reviving some, and helping them find suitable markets to showcase and sell their products beyond the state’s and the nation’s borders.
There are many such NGOs within a radius of 10-15 kilometres from Bhuj — the point you will either fly down to or reach by train — and one can visit their campuses to see some of these exquisite crafts take shape and understand the story behind them from the artisans themselves. Some names to look out for would be Shrujan, Khamir, and LLDC (Living and Learning Design Centre).
About eight kilometres from Bhuj is a village called Bhujodi, which has the Ashapura Crafts Park set up for artisans to display and sell their work. Again, one can meet weavers, tie-dye artists, block printers and others here. Needless to say, it will leave you wanting for more shopping bags to fill!
From the well-known to the lesser known — a monsoon visit to Kutch would also remain wanting without a trip to one of its pristine beaches. Mandvi is the closest to Bhuj and there are many resorts close by with their own private beach enclosures. The high point of the beaches here — Pingleshwar, about 98 km from Bhuj, a hidden gem — is witnessing the marine life. Jelly fish and hermit crabs are a common sight and the multi-coloured sea weeds look extraordinary.
If the children are more in the mood for some fun and frolic, Mandvi has ample opportunity for water sports as well — which may be restricted when the weather is grey. But a ride on a camel would more than compensate for that!
With the temperature hovering on the pleasant side of the scale and a constant breeze, one can also opt for some historical sight-seeing. The Aina Mahal, with its blue tiles, Venetian-style chandeliers and walls studded with mirrors, is a must-visit. Next door is the 19th century Prag Mahal, a brilliant example of Italian-Gothic architecture.
As you travel around the place and move on the fringes of the main town of Bhuj, it is difficult to miss the vast expanses of agricultural land with acres after acres of pomegranate plantations, palm groves and cotton fields — all this thanks to drip-irrigation, which has brought about a sea-change in the region’s crop pattern. With the green hills in the backdrop, it’s a sight to behold. Soak it in, for, with the changing season, Kutch will soon reveal a different face. (IANS)
“Experience is not What happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.” – Aldous Huxley
Everyone loves to travel during monsoon, but looking stylish and maintaining comfort in the rainy season remains a major concern for most of them.
Traveling in this season can make your best ever memories for your entire life. As you can bask in the fascinating sunlight or enjoy the cold and calm darkness of the monsoon. Also, touch and feel the verdant greenery that is spread everywhere and vibrant culture of the places that come alive during the monsoons.
There is no denying that monsoon makes the process of packing one’s bag much more complex but don’t worry, here with some easy and quirky tips that will ease your concerns and let you enjoy the tour-
Pack more linen clothes
Men always search for something comfortable so you can definitely try linen plain shirts or T-shirts and there is nothing more relaxing than this even you can also team them up with denim printed jackets.
Carry shorts, capris
Shorts and capris are so attractive and easy to wear, easy to carry and also look fantastic.
Just carry a lightweight waterproof luggage bag with all your belonging in it, especially a plastic bag for your cell-phone assets.
Monsoon accessories for safety and style
Monsoon accessories such as hat looks funky and stylish and also protect your hair from sun, dust, and pollution. A waterproof wrist watch makes look you stunning, use a sunglass to protect your eyes. Team it up with a scarf and make a style statement of your own.
Carry light weighted colorful fabrics
Women can try refreshing light fabrics, like cotton, chiffon, silk that dries out quickly. Your clothes must be bright colored such as, yellow, orange, pink, red, blue and some context of mixtures like fluorescent and magnified colors will enhance your style.
Palazzos let you feel comfortable
Two bottoms (shorts, palazzos) will offer utmost comfort, also keep one stretchable denim pant. This funky look will definitely win hearts wherever you go.
Must carry a long sleeved top
Sum up your clothing with minimum outfits and carry one long sleeve that will protect your skin from tanning and mosquitos. One sleeveless top, a crop top for shorts- will give you bold look and colorful jackets that are reversible.
Accessories add to your style
Accessories like a jelly umbrella, comfortable footwears (avoid flat and shoe), belt, scarves, sunglasses, and junk jewelry will add to your style and will surely turn heads wherever you go.
– by Nidhi Singh of NewsGram. Twitter @NidhiSuryavansi
New Delhi, July 29, 2017: Now that small time showers have replaced the scorching heat of the sun, its high time that you take care of your feet. The romantic season with a charm of its own, carries along the sweet scent of the wet earth, unboxing props like the umbrellas, windcheaters, and raincoats.
However, we are well-acquainted with the damp and swampy side of the season as well. One of the major impacts it has is on our feet. The foot tends to succumb to the humid climate, becoming more prone to fungal infections and athlete’s foot.
On a brighter note, every problem has a solution. So, instead of going all haywire, just take some time off of your busy schedule and show some love to your feet! Here are the
Here are 4 foot care tips for a ‘happy monsoon’ –
Soaking your feet in a bucket of warm water for about 15 minutes might just do the trick! And wait, there’s more! Don’t forget to add some coarse salt, few drops of lemon or orange juice and tea tree oil in the water for a rejuvenating experience.
We are talking about the herbal homemade lotion! Just follow this simple method – add a few drops of rosewater, lemon juice and pure glycerine in a bowl and mix it all together. Then, apply it on your feet and about an hour and a half later, bask in an invigorating experience!
RELAXING FOOT BATH
Just like your body, sometimes, your foot needs a bath too and a relaxing foot bath is just what you need! Here’s how – simply fill a bucket with cold water. Then add some rosewater, lemon juice and a hint of eau de cologne in it. Now, mix it all and soak your feet in it for a few minutes. This rids off the pungent odor and, cools and cleanses the feet.
Let alone the wet monsoon, even dryness of the skin has its own disadvantages! As is evident, honey is the best suitable ingredient for dry skin. So, what could be better than a refreshing dryness care therapy! Simply add 2tbs honey, 1tbs herbal shampoo, 1 tbs almond oil in a bucket of warm water and soak your feet in it for about 20 minutes, and indulge in a rejuvenating experience!
Massage, with its healing, relaxing and revivifying power, has always been very valuable to human kind. So, don’t forget to stack up some essential oils that might come in handy! And just so you know, a nice mixture of some olive oil, 2 drops of eucalyptus oil, 2 drops of rosemary oil and 3 drops of khus (rose) oil, can prove to be the best relaxing experience when massaged on to your feet. The cooling and revitalizing effect will definitely get the best of you!
– by Ria Chakraborty of NewsGram. Twitter @invincibleria7