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Karnataka BJP MP Tejasvi Surya appealed to the Centre to exempt ‘Bangalore Rose’ from the ban as this special variety is grown for export to Southeast Asian countries.
The NCP chief tweeted that Union Minister Piyush Goyal assured him the govt will rethink the decision if there is consensus among ministries.
Over the last two weeks, wholesale and retail prices have more than doubled in several markets across India, including the largest wholesale onion market in Nashik.
Railways arranged special trains to Bangladesh — a big market for onions — to help lockdown-hit Nashik farmers save their harvest from complete ruin.
The government had nearly doubled its buffer stock target to 1 lakh metric tonnes after last year’s price rise, but so far, it has only procured 45,000 MT.
Onion prices had skyrocketed to Rs 100 per kg in several parts of the country last November due to a 30-40 per cent dip in its production.
Onion prices at Lasalgaon in Maharashtra are expected to plunge to about Rs 20-25 per kilogram from mid-January.
India produces about 22.43 million tonnes of onion a year, but consumes only about 15.5 million tonnes. Hence, steady exports are necessary to maintain prices, writes Indian horticulture commissioner.
State govts have been directed to undertake anti-hoarding operations with immediate effect. Last week, the govt had reduced the cap to 5 tonnes from 10 tonnes.
In 2019, people think lakhs of voters will ignore their community, leaders, party and freebies, to vote against a govt under which onions became expensive.