Meanwhile, onion was sold at Rs 15 to 20 a kg in the retail market in April and May due to low demand and abundant arrivals in the market. At the same time, good onions were sold in bulk at Rs 1200 to 1400 per quintal. Since the soaked onions cannot be kept for more than three days, it is being extracted at low prices.
The Centre on Monday banned the export of all varieties of onions with immediate effect, a move aimed at increasing the availability. "The export of all varieties of onions... Is prohibited with immediate effect," the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification. The DGFT, an arm of the commerce ministry, deals with exports and imports-related issues.