Young vendors ply their trade at Okhla Sabzi Mandi

By Lucinda O’Brien

The Okhla Sabzi Mandi is one of Delhi’s three vegetable wholesale markets with over 300 vendors across 10 acres. Located in South Deli, the market provides fresh produce to the area and the surrounding neighbourhoods such as Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurgaon.

However, recently the prices of onions at the Okhla Sabzi Mandi has increased due to a nationwide shortage. The price of red onions in Delhi has doubled over the past two months, now costing 50 rupees per kilogram against 25 rupees just two months ago. According to the Times of India, the country has imported over 18,000 tonnes of red onion over the past few weeks to compensate for the shortage.

“The price of onions is the highest in the past two years in Delhi and there would be no sign of relief till mid-October,” Yamin Khan, chairman Okhla Mandi, told

At the Okhla Sabzi Mandi, the children of the onion vendors work tirelessly to organise, prepare and package the fresh produce to meet the high demand of onions across the area.

A young girl approaches whilst her father looks on from a distance.


A young woman peels onions with precision and efficiency.


Three boys take a break from their work to share stories.


A young woman begins to package the onions.


Two young girls sit on the produce as they take a break.


Too young to contribute, these boys play across the market.


A young girl waits for her next task.


Four young men wait for the delivery truck to arrive and take their onions.


A young girl carries a bag of onions onto the delivery truck.


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