A labourer sorts onions inside a storehouse in Lasalgaon. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Government Doubles Export Incentive On Onions To Boost Shipments

Concerned over the fall in onion prices, the government on Friday doubled the export incentive for the kitchen staple to boost shipments and ensure better returns for farmers.

At present, onion traders get 5 percent export incentive on fresh crop under the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme. "The government today increased the export incentives under the MEIS from existing 5 percent to 10 percent in the interest of farmers," an official statement said.

This will result in better price for onion in domestic markets. Wholesale prices of onion are "subdued" at present due to increase in the arrival of the fresh crop in the mandis (markets), it said.

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"To contain the situation, it has been decided by the government to encourage export of onions so that the domestic prices stabilise," the statement said.

With the current increase, onion enjoys one of the highest incentives for agro-exports. This timely intervention would help the farmers who have recently harvested their produce and who have sowed or recently planted their seeds and expected better prices, according to the statement.

In July 2018, the government had introduced 5 percent export incentive for fresh onions.

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