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Ban on onion export till 31 March, relief to consumers – Bollywood Keeda

Delhi. The ban on onion exports will continue till the already announced deadline of March 31. The government is continuing its efforts to control prices and ensure domestic availability. On December 8, 2023, the government had banned the export of onion till March 31. Consumer Affairs Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh said that the ban on onion export has not been lifted. This continues with no change in the current situation. He said that the top priority of the government is to ensure adequate availability of onion at reasonable prices to the domestic consumers.

Estimated production of 2.27 crore tonnes

Amid the news of removal of export ban, wholesale onion prices in Lasalgaon, the country’s largest wholesale onion market, increased by 40.62 percent to Rs 1,800 per quintal on February 19, which was Rs 1,280 per quintal on February 17. The ban is unlikely to be lifted after March 31 even before the general elections as Rabi (winter) onion production is expected to be low due to low ‘coverage’, especially in Maharashtra. Onion production in the Rabi season of 2023 has been estimated to be 2.27 crore tonnes. Agriculture Ministry officials will assess the Rabi onion ‘coverage’ in the major producing states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat in the coming days.

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