Onions are widely produced across the country and it is the most important commercial vegetable crop in India. You can eat it raw or cooked. Along with enhancing the taste of food, it also has many medicinal properties. The nutritional value of onion varies according to its size. Usually, small-sized onions are more nutritious than large onions.
Everyday onions are used in kitchens across India because of their unique taste. It is grown in different Indian states and you can view the list of top onion-producing states here. However, did you know that Maharashtra’s Nashik district is the largest producer of onions in our country? There are multiple reasons which are responsible for the bumper onion production in Nashik. Let us find out what these are:
Nashik – the stronghold of onions
Maharashtra accounts for about 40 percent of the country’s total onion production. 65% of the total onion production of Maharashtra is done in the rabi season itself but it still cultivates onions in kharif and late kharif. Onions of Nashik are famous for their distinct taste and long life. That’s why Nashik district is known as the stronghold of onions in Maharashtra.
Excellent onion seeds
High-quality onion seeds are available in Pimpalgaon market in Nashik. They cost between ₹ 2000 to 5000 per kg. Due to the ideal climate and soil conditions, quality onions are produced in the areas around this market. Production from areas like Chandvad, Devla, Kalwan, Baglan, Peth, and Surgana come up for auction at Pimpalgaon Baswant market.
Aggressive onion production
Nashik has a favourable environment and climate for onion cultivation. Plus, it has a black and red soil combination, ideal for onion production. Traditionally onion is grown twice a year in many states, but this is not the case in Maharashtra. In the largest onion-producing state, onion is cultivated three times a year to meet the huge demand.
Availability of good trading infrastructure
The largest onion market in Asia is located in Nashik’s Lasalgaon. It attracts big onion exporters in Nashik who sell onions to the international market. This is the reason why Lasalgaon dominates the onion trading market. The mandis here influence the rate of onions across the country. Apart from this, Nashik is well connected by road to major cities like Mumbai, Pune, and Surat making trade easy.
Many farmers, buyers, and exporters from Nashik are now associated with Bijak which is India’s best onion trading platform. Onions can be traded very easily with trustworthy stakeholders across the country with complete security on the Bijak app. Bijak is India’s most trusted agri-trading app. It has a growing network of verified Buyers and Suppliers to trade in over 150 commodities. You can download our app from Google Playstore and Apple App Store.
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