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Import of Onions

New Delhi: Government has approved import/ procurement of upto 1.2 lakh tonnes of onions to check the ongoing price rise. MMTC has been directed to import upto 1 lakh tonne onions through global/ country-specific import tenders.

Details of onion as procured/ imported by Government in the last five years is given as follows:-

Year Procurement (in 000 MT) Import (in 000 MT)
2014-15 Nil Nil
2015-16 8.52 1.987
2016-17 18.37 Nil
2017-18 5.03 Nil
2018-19 13.50 Nil

Onion are highly perishable commodity that is prone to weight and moisture loss, quality deterioration, sprouting, losses in grading and separation etc.

This information was given in a written reply by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Danve Raosaheb Dadarao in Rajya Sabha yesterday.

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