Onion to be imported from Egypt next week; Kerala demands 460 tonnes
Thrissur: In a bid to stop the price hike and end dearth of vegetables, onions will be imported from Egypt to Mumbai next week. Various states have sent letter in this regard to the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED), an apex organization of marketing cooperatives for agricultural produce in India.
Kerala demanded for 460 tonnes of onion. The state pointed out in the letter sent to NAFED that 115 tonnes of onion is required here per week. Among this, 300 tonnes will be purchased by Civil Supplies Corporation and 160 tonnes by Horticorp.
Onion will be brought to Mumbai port between December 10 and 17. According to NAFED, the onion price in Mumbai will be fixed between Rs 60 - 65. When the onion is brought to Kerala, the price may increase by Rs 5.
It was the central government that decided to import 1.5 lakh tonnes of onion from Egypt. 20,000 tonnes in this will be brought here by next week. The Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation (MMTC) is in charge of the onion import and NAFED is responsible for supplying it to the states.
In total, order of 2500 tonnes of onion was received from various states. In South India, Tamil Nadu has ordered for 500 tonnes, Andhra Pradesh 300 tonnes, Telangana 500 tonnes and Karnataka 480 tonnes. After fixing the price, onion will be distributed via Supplyco supermarkets or Horticorp sale points.