India has imported around 425 tonnes (15 container loads) of onion from Egypt at a price substantially higher than the prevailing in major mandis including Lasalgaon.
Of that, eight containers (of between 28-29 tonnes each) were transported to Lasalgaon mandis while the remaining seven containers were supplied to Mumbai markets.
Confirming the imported onion supplied to Lasalgaon mandi, Nanasaheb Patil, chairman of Asia’s largest spot onion auctioning mandi, said, “The cost of imported onion works out to Rs 25 a kg in Lasalgaon as against the prevailing price of Rs 15-18 a kg from local sources. Also, quality of imported onion is poorer than that of Indian origin.”
Owing to high moisture content, traders dry up imported onion through fans to reduce moisture in it and increase shelf life thereupon. Also, its taste is different from onion of Indian origin.
Trade sources believe, the government’s objective would be to keep local prices under control.