Government To Import 1 Lakh Tonnes Onion, Says Food Minister
Sacks of onions sit outside a warehouse at the Vashi Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) wholesale market in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Government To Import 1 Lakh Tonnes Onion, Says Food Minister

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The government decided to import 1 lakh tonnes of onion to control prices that have shot up to about Rs 100 per kg in the retail market.

While state-owned trading firm Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India will import onions, cooperative National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India will supply the key kitchen items in the domestic market. This decision was taken at a meeting of a committee of secretaries held on Saturday.

"The government has taken a decision to import one lakh tonnes of onion to control prices," Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said in a tweet.

The MMTC has been asked to import onions and make it available for distribution in the domestic market, between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15 period, he added.

Nafed has been directed to supply imported onions across the country, the minister said.

Onion prices have risen sharply for more than a month due to tight supply. The retail prices have increased up to Rs 100 per kg in the national capital and ruling in the range of Rs 60-80 per kg in other parts of the country, as per the trade data.

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