Onion prices skyrocket in Oman leave sour taste

Muscat: The Sultanate of Oman witnessed a significant increase in the prices of onions left distress among consumers and shopkeepers, with the kitchen staple now considered a luxury for many.  This situation has particularly affected many Asian expatriates living in Oman, as onions play a crucial role in their cuisine. Major exporters like India have banned onion exports due to adverse weather conditions affecting crops in many Indian states.

For Asian expatriates, onions are a staple ingredient, used in everything from simple meals to meat dishes, biryanis. The sudden spike in onion prices has posed a burden on expatriates, especially lower-income families and who heavily rely on onions for their daily meals.

A manager of a local supermarket, Yusuf Khan, explained that India halted onion exports due to poor crops, leading to insufficient stocks for local consumers.

At another local supermarket, Indian expat Mohin expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of onions on sale, mentioning that they were not fit for consumption -wet, moist, some rotten. Despite the high price of 700 baisas a kilo, he emphasized the necessity of onions in preparing even a simple dish.

Eva a Filipino resident, shared her strategy of buying a small quantity of onions, hoping that prices would fall in the coming days. She highlighted the trade-off, mentioning that for 500 baisas more, she could buy a frozen chicken. Some residents are adapting to the onion shortage by exploring alternative ways to prepare dishes with minimal or no onions.

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