“There has been a sharp increase in garlic demand from the south Indian markets
including Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Continuous decline in its supply has helped sellers to raise garlic prices in major wholesale mandis,” said J N Ojha, Secretary, Dalauda mandi in Madhya Pradesh.
NHB data showed that garlic arrival in Mumbai mandi has declined to 64 tonnes now from 112 tonnes in June. Similarly, garlic supply in Bangaluru mandi has slumped to 87 tonnes now as against 112 tonnes in June.
Garlic is normally used as a medicinal bulb to help fight cold in the winter. Its horizon has widened over the years as a falvouring additive to order to make food spicy.
“Garlic farmers have already sold their holding. Now, its stock is left only with traders and stockists who have deep pocket to wait for its price rise. These stockists normally buy during harvesting season and sell the bulb in lean season to make profits. So, the price rise is expected to continue till the new season arrivals hit mandis in January–February 2020,” said C S Mandloi, Secretary, Jhabua mandi in Madhya Pradesh.
With the ongoing flood and drought across the country, sowing of garlic has declined this year. Consequently, its output may decline in the harvesting season January–February 2020.
The Ministry of Agriculture in its 2nd Advanced Estimate has estimated a sharp decline in India’s garlic output at 1.5 million tonnes for 2018-19 as compared to 1.86 million tonnes in the previous year.