NEW DELHI: Concerned over onion price rise, the Government recently said 2,400 tonnes of onions have been imported by private traders from Egypt to boost supply and indicated facilitating more imports if rates go up unreasonably high.
"Imports are happening from Egypt. Private traders have already placed an order for 2,400 tonnes. The containers are landing at the Mumbai Port," a Senior Consumer Affairs Ministry official said after the review meeting with traders.
Another shipment of 9,000 tonnes of onion is expected to arrive soon. Private traders have been asked to be prepared for more imports from neighbouring countries if prices rise unreasonably high, he said.
The import related issue was discussed at a review meeting chaired by Consumer Affairs Secretary Avinash K Srivastava. Senior officials from Commerce and Agriculture Ministries and private traders were present.
The Government will facilitate shipments via private trade at present. "No decision has been taken yet to rope in public trading agencies for onion imports," he said.