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As onion prices rise, govt bans export with immediate effect

"The export of all varieties of onions... is prohibited with immediate effect," the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification.

Written by Parthasarathi Biswas | Pune |
Updated: September 15, 2020 4:37:06 am
Mumbai city news: Two arrested for ‘stealing’ 168 kg onionsIn the national capital, onion prices were ruling at around Rs 40 per kilogram. (File Photo)

With wholesale prices of onion at Maharashtra’s Lasalgaon market crossing Rs 30/kg on Monday, the central government banned all export of the bulb “with immediate effect”.

This comes even as the government is set bringing laws in Parliament to remove all stockholding and movement restrictions on farm produce.

Prices at Lasalgaon’s market in Nashik district started rising since early May. The recent appreciation of prices is mainly due to heavy August rain destroying the onion crop of north Karnataka, which was supposed to hit the market early September.

Suresh Deshmukh, a commission agent operating out of Dindori’s wholesale market in Nashik district, also said that the rain caused extensive damage to stored onions in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. “Thus, at present it is only Maharashtra which has stored market-ready onion and the supply crunch is set to continue until the new crop hits the market in November,” he said.

Regarding Monday’s decision, farmer leader Raju Shetti said, “This abrupt decision again proves the promises made by the central government were hollow. They had no intention of protecting the interests of farmers.” The founder of Swabhimani Paksha said that by prohibiting the export of onions, the central government has cheated farmers.

Calling the move illegal, Shetkari Sanghatana has called for an indefinite road closure in Maharashtra from Tuesday.

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