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India: Imported onions not pungent enough

Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 18, 2020
The government may resort to distress sale of about 34,000 tonne of onions it has imported from countries such as Turkey and Egypt because they are not pungent enough for the Indian tongue, and, consequently, not wanted by the states, according to two people aware of the matter.
Food in India   Onions
With no takers for the onions, the government is considering selling a huge pile of imported onions at Rs 25 per kg, which is less than half the cost, including transportation, the two added on condition of anonymity.

Topics: India import onions

The government’s original plan was to sell imported onions at an average of Rs 55 per kg on a no-profit-no-loss basis.

The government has so far been able to sell only 2,000 tonne of imported onions to agencies such as the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (Nafed) and to Andhra Pradesh (900 tonne), Uttar Pradesh (220 tonne), Telengana (120 tonne), West Bengal (125 tonne), Uttarakhand (265 tonne).