MUMBAI: The high amount of carry-forward and less demand led to decline in dehydrated onion exports from India by almost 50 per cent to 15,000 tonnes this year as against 30,000 tonnes exported last year. According to the industry sources, last year's exports were good due to lower prices, as a result many importing countries like Russia, Germany, France and USA also have sufficient stocks.
India had exported about 50,000 tonnes in 2016 and the industry is expecting to export about 35,000-40,000 tonnes.
As per the first advance estimate of department of agriculture, onion production is estimated at 19.73 million tonnes for the year 2016-17, down by 6 per cent from 20.93 million tonnes in 2015-16.
Meanwhile, exports of fresh onion have nearly doubled between April-November 2016. According to Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) data, in 2015-16, the total exports of onion between April-November was around 6,07,374 tonnes, while in this fiscal, between April-November 2017, the total exports were around 14,63,552 metric tonnes.