Afghanistan wipes 'onion tears' of Indian consumers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Aug 21, 2015 20:51 IST

With onion prices shooting through the roof, imports from Afghanistan likely to provide some relief to the consumers.

The Afghan onions started reaching India through the Attari-Wagah border for the past four-five days, and nearly 35-40 onion-laden trucks have reached India, thus far.

With Pakistan ban on onion export to India continuing, it's Afghanistan which is taking care of Indian kitchens' basic need.

Everyday four-five trucks containing around 40 metric tonnes of onions are reaching India.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Manav Taneja, clearing agent at Attari, said, "Indian traders had placed their orders with Afghani traders when the onion prices started rising here. For the past five-six days, onion-laden trucks from Afghanistan have started arriving here. The demand in the local market is much higher as compared to the supply coming from Afghanistan."

At present, the price of onion in the wholesale market is `35-40 per kg, he said, but in retail market it is sold for `55-60 per kg.

Since onion constitutes an important ingredient of Indian cooking, its demand is high round the year; the Afghan import is likely to settle the current inflated prices of the commodity to a greater extent. The traders, however, believe that there will be some relief only if the import quantity is increased and regular.

A few years back, when India had faced a similar situation, Pakistan had helped by sending the commodity for over 10 days, thereafter it ceased the export to India abruptly.

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