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Onion prices fall with good start to monsoon rain, rally expected from September

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

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.

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Sonia Mathur, beauty expert and training head at Organic Harvest and Amit Sarda, Managing Director at Soulflower have listed a few tips:

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A good moisturising face mask just before going to bed helps in getting rid of dry skin. Pixabay

Waterproof cosmetics may be available in the market and probably even get the job done, but most of these products are chemical-based. Options like aromatherapy and other natural skin care solutions can save your skin better during the monsoon, say experts.

Sonia Mathur, beauty expert and training head at Organic Harvest and Amit Sarda, Managing Director at Soulflower have listed a few tips:

* During monsoon, people with oily skin must use astringent. People with dry to normal skin can use a toner, which is ideal just after washing face with cold water. This works well to open the pores of skin and remove all pollutants from the face.

* A good moisturising face mask just before going to bed helps in getting rid of dry skin.

* Rain brings added moisture, and with it, skin issues. It is very important, therefore, to keep it clean. However, instead of using harsh soaps, try using natural oils to nourish it instead. A variety of oils have antimicrobial properties, like neem oil, which will benefit the skin in the long run.

* Avoid heavy make-up and dark eyes in monsoon. Smokey eyes are a strict no. Curl eyelashes and use waterproof mascara instead of a regular one to prevent smudging. Fresh colours of pink, red, orange, light brown and nude are great for the season.

* In the rainy season, added moisture brings out the oil from underneath the skin causing face to appear tired, and could also cause acne. To avoid this, do a special cleanse every day using essential oils meant for oily skin. These include jojoba, tea tree, and lavender, to name a few.

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Eyebrows and eyelashes need particular care when the skies are cloudy. Pixabay

First, wash your face with warm water then gently rub a few drops of oil into your skin. Wait a few minutes and clean using a warm microfiber cloth. This removes the excess oil and nourishes your skin from within.

* Waterproof make-up is great, but do remember that it may be induced with chemicals that often harm the skin. Instead of merely washing or wiping it off, use carrier oil like olive oil or almond oil to remove the make-up from your body. Do not use harsh soaps as the skin gets a double beating from both the soap and the make-up.

* Maintaining healthy lips in monsoon may become a little tricky even if waterproof or non-transferable types of lipsticks are used. Use a bit of jasmine or lavender oil on the lips before applying lipstick. This will act as a natural layer of lip balm.

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It also acts as a foundation for the lipstick and avoids potential damage to lips.

* Eyebrows and eyelashes need particular care when the skies are cloudy. Go in for regular threading sessions and reduce or completely avoid eyebrow pencils.

For eyelashes, a few drops of castor oil applied to the roots of your eye lashes will make them grow thicker and longer, making them look more natural and beautiful. Rubbing some rosemary oil or lavender oil onto the eyebrows can also help promote their growth after the threading sessions. (Bollywood Country)