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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:-

Year

Procurement (in 000 MT)

Import (in 000 MT)

2014-15

Nil

Nil

2015-16

8.52

1.987

2016-17

18.37

Nil

2017-18

5.03

Nil

2018-19

13.50

Nil

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.