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2,400 tonnes of onion imported from Egypt to check price: Indian government

Sunday 03-09-2017 - 03:35 PM
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Another shipment
Another shipment of 9,000 tonnes of onion is expected to arrive soon.
New Delhi – Due to onion price rise, the Indian government today said 2,400 tons of onions have been imported by private traders from Egypt to boost supply and indicated facilitating more imports if rates go up unreasonably high. 

The consumer affairs ministry is closely monitoring onion prices, which are ruling high in the range of Rs 40-50 per kg in most retail markets depending on the quality. 

"Imports are happening from Egypt. Private traders have already placed an order for 2,400 tons. The containers are landing at the Mumbai port," a senior ministry official told Press Trust of India (PTI) after the review meeting with traders. 

Another shipment of 9,000 tons of onion is expected to arrive soon. Private traders have been asked to be prepared for more imports from neighboring countries if prices rise unreasonably high, he said. 

The import related issue was discussed at a review meeting chaired by Consumer Affairs Secretary Avinash K Srivastava.  Senior officials from commerce and agriculture ministries and private traders were present. 

According to the official, the fumigation hurdles being faced by importers were sorted out at the meet to facilitate easy arrival of shipments. 

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