Headlines December 2, 2019
India to import 110 lakh Kg onion from Turkey
To tackle the problem of high prices of onion in the country, the government has decided to import 110 lakh kilogram of onions from Turkey.
More than 60 lakh kilogram of onions will also be arriving in India this month from Egypt.
The price of this vegetable has been rising drastically over the last few weeks and is at over ₹100 per kilogram currently.
The onions from Turkey are expected to reach India in late December of early January.
Talking about the reason behind the steep rise in onion price Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said, “It’s not in our hand, the government is making maximum efforts but who can win from nature.”
He blamed rains and late arrival of monsoon for a reduced production this year.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has accused the centre for the high prices.
“This issue arose due to either spoilage of onion stocks due to negligence by the union government or the ill-motivated efforts to benefit the interests of the hoarders. People are facing difficulties because of the rising price of onions. It is the case across the country. But in Delhi, the central government consciously created a scarcity of onions. The central government has stopped providing onions to Delhi government, in spite of repeated requests,” Sisodia said.
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