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Stock limits imposed on onions under the Essential Commodities Act led to skyrocketing prices late last year | File photo: PTI

Poor storage, panic imports, govt failures led to 2019 onion crisis. It could happen again

Excess monsoon destroyed the kharif onion crop, but there was much administrative failure that led to the prices crossing Rs 150 per kg.
Vendors carry onion sacks at a market in Mumbai

No one wants imported onions. So, Modi govt plans distress sale to states at Rs 10/kg

Govt spent Rs 226 crore to import the onions, but has only sold worth Rs 17-19 crore to the states.
Gunny bags of onions | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt wants Bangladesh to buy imported onions after states withdraw demand

Until last week, 18,000 MT of imported onion had arrived but states have only bought 3,000 MT. Modi govt is offering Bangladesh a lower price to buy stock.
Gunny bags of onions | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

States don’t want the imported onions they asked for, govt worried about waste

Delay in the arrival of imported onions and availability of cheaper local varieties has led to states not picking up almost 6,000 MT of the kitchen staple.
A worker sews up a sack full of onions

Onion prices likely to dip in New Year as imports and domestic supply will flood market

A glut of onions is expected in the coming weeks as the market is going to be flooded with imports and produce from rabi and kharif seasons.
Workers sort onions at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee wholesale market in Lasalgaon, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Move over Chinese lights and toys, this New Year there will be onions from China

Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation has issued a tender to import 11,000 metric tonnes of onion, of which 4,000 MT was awarded to China.
Onions of different colours | Pixabay

Know your onions: Peeling complex layers of a humble, pricey vegetable Mughals popularised

Onion prices have soared to Rs 100/kg, forcing govt to import stocks from Egypt & Turkey. But how will these onions be different from India’s 30-odd varieties?
Onion prices in India have skyrocketed to Rs 80-100 per kg

Tackling onion price rise leads to policy distortions, but it seems nothing will change

Onion is a seasonal crop, and offseason shortages result in sky-high prices in September-November each year. But politicians’ response creates more distortions.
A worker sews up a sack full of onions

NAFED wasted over 30,000 MT onions, more than half of its buffer stock, amid soaring prices

NAFED stored its buffer stock of 57,372 MT onions using traditional methods as opposed to cold storage. Over half of it got destroyed due to moisture & rain.
Stock limits imposed on onions under the Essential Commodities Act led to skyrocketing prices late last year | File photo: PTI

Why Modi govt’s decision to ease fumigation norms for onion import has experts worried

Modi govt is importing more onions under relaxed rules to deal with supply & price issues. But experts fear for India’s agricultural biodiversity.

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File image of Chinese President Xi Jinping | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

Ladakh military operation has President Xi Jinping’s sanction: China expert Jayadeva Ranade

Jayadeva Ranade says India shouldn’t hurry to settle the issue, questions why China carried out an operation that needed so much planning and money.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.