The government will import one lakh tonnes of onion to control prices
New Delhi: To curb onion prices, the Center has decided to import one lakh tonnes of onion. Due to unseasonal rains in the major producing states such as Maharashtra and other states, the retail price of onions is still Rs 70-80 per kg in many states.
Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that the government has decided to import one lakh tonnes of onion to control onion prices. The MMTC will make the imported onions available for distribution in the country between November 15 and December 15. NFED has been entrusted with the responsibility of distributing the onions in every part of the country._x000D_
To curb the onion prices, the Cabinet Secretary had held a high-level meeting with the Consumer Affairs Secretary and reviewed the onion crisis in many parts of the country. According to the Department of Consumer Affairs, officials of the Agriculture Ministry and Consumer Department officials, as well as key government agencies affiliated with the Ministry of Food, have been instructed to go to Turkey and Egypt and speed up efforts to import onions from there. At the same time, MMTC has been told to import large quantities of onion from Dubai and elsewhere so that the cost of onion in the market can be regulated quickly._x000D_
Source - Lokmat, 11 November 2019_x000D_
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