Government has approved import/ procurement of upto 1.2 lakh tonnes of onions to check the ongoing price rise. MMTC has been directed to import upto 1 lakh tonne onions through global/ country-specific import tenders.
Details of onion as procured/ imported by Government in the last five years is given as follows:-
Procurement (in 000 MT)
Import (in 000 MT)
Onion are highly perishable commodity that is prone to weight and moisture loss, quality deterioration, sprouting, losses in grading and separation etc.
This information was given in a written reply by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food < Public Distribution, Shri. Danve Raosaheb Dadarao in Rajya Sabha today.