Onion import from China increases



The import of onions from China has increased during this current fiscal year compared to previous fiscal year.

According to the Department of Customs (DoC), onions worth Rs 56.19 were imported from China in the first four months of the current fiscal year. Fresh onions worth Rs 41.02 million and dry onions worth around Rs 15.17 million constituted the total imports of the kitchen staple from the northern neighbour.

Meanwhile, during the same period of last fiscal year, onions worth Rs 23.2 million were imported from China. This included fresh onions worth over Rs 16 million and dried onions worth around Rs 7.1 million.

Even though has not formally lifted the ban on export of onions, the vegetable is being imported legally through the customs. Nevertheless, due to lack of sufficient supply, the price of Indian onions has gone up in the local market.

Amid this, import of onions from China has increased, said Khom Prashad Ghimire, a vegetable trader at Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market.

“Compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year, onion imports from China has increased in the first four months of the current fiscal year,” he said, adding, “However, this cannot be considered as a huge quantity.”

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