Afghanistan onion fails to rein in retail price of onion

Last Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 20:11

Chandigarh: Arrivals of onion from Afghanistan have failed to bring down retail prices of onion in Punjab as it continued to remain high, with traders citing poor quality coupled with low arrivals.

In the wake of skyrocketing prices of onion in India, Punjab traders have been importing onion from Afghanistan via Attari-Wagah land route.

Daily 3-5 trucks laden with onion are crossing over to India, traders said.

"There is not much onion crop available in Afghanistan. Therefore the arrivals into India are as low as 60-80 tonne per day," Amritsar-based vegetable trader Anil Mehra told the agency Friday.

Traders further pointed out that the quality of imported onion was inferior and as a result of which it did not find acceptability among consumers.

"The onion imported from Afghanistan is of very poor quality. People did not like it. However, it is being purchased by hotel and restaurant owners," he added.

Traders further said though wholesale price of onion went down by Rs 5-7 per kg, yet there was no impact on retail price which are hovering around Rs 70-80 per kg.

Major part of imported onion from Afghanistan is being consumed in Punjab itself, traders said.

Earlier, Amritsar based traders had tried to import onion from neighbouring country Pakistan.

They had even asked their counterparts in Pakistan to seek permission for onion export to India through Attari-Wagah land route in a bid to enhance bulb's supply but Pakistan refused to supply onion to India, traders said.

India imported onions from Pakistan in the month of January in 2011 when the country faced massive shortage of supply.


First Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 20:09

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