A five-fold increase in onion prices made a lot of upset Iranians take it to social media to express their anger. According to some sources the prices grew from 30p to £1.30.
According to Agriculture Minister Mahmoud Hojjati “the black market and a light reduction in production” were to blame for the price increase, as reported by Islamic Republic News Agency.
Furthermore the losses made from onion sales made Iranian onion farmers prioritise other vegetable to grow. This led to onions shortage in the country and the boost of the black market.
The hashtag #onion is often associated with #luxury and #treasure amongst Twitter users. Some-crack jokes, others express disappointment with the situation.
The most expensive ring in Iran
— sara radfar (@sara_radfar) July 30, 2017
Onion has become a jewelry
— بُـــزُرگ آقــــــا (@bozorgaghaaa) July 30, 2017