Turkey sends 11000 tonnes onions to India
The government is importing 11,000 tonnes onions from Turkey to control the spiraling prices of this staple vegetable. The MMTC had earlier signed an import pact for 6,900 tonnes from Egypt, and this consignment is expected to reach here in the next 10 days. On November 20, the Union Cabinet had given a green sgnal to the import of 1.2 lakh tonnes of onions.
According to market sources, the retail price of onion in Delhi-NCR on Sunday was around INR 80-120 per kg. Heavy rain at the end of monsoon in chief onion-producing states had damaged the kharif season crop and led to a supply shortage this year by around 26%, according the Union Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Shri Ram Vilas Paswan.