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Source says govt mulls selling imported onions under welfare schemes

Thursday, Feb 13 2020


Government is exploring possibilities of distributing imported onion under various public welfare schemes, a government official said today."The government has plenty of onions stacked at ports. States are not showing interest as imported onions are costlier and of poor quality," the official said.States are not keen on imported onions as cheaper and better quality domestic crop has already started hitting markets in full swing, while the vegetable at ports are decaying, he said.Of the 36,000 tn onion imported, states have lifted only 4,000-5,000 tn, the official said. The government had imported onions after prices of the vegetable spiralled to 150 rupees per kg in key spot markets. Prices of the commodity rose sharply as supply and output was severely hit due to excessive rainfall during Sep-Oct in Maharashtra and Karnataka. However, since then supply of the vegetable has been steadily increasing with a pick up in the harvesting of the late-kharif crop. Currently, onion is available at 18 rupees per kg in key spot markets while the government is offering it at around 20 rupees per kg, traders said. Currently, the government sells food grains, pulses and sugar at subsidised rates under several public welfare schemes. 



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