NEW DELHI: State-run MMTC will import 2,000 tonnes of onion, while Nafed and SFAC will buy 12,000 tonnes locally in order to boost supplies and check prices, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said recently.
He said that his Ministry has again written to the Commerce Ministry to reimpose export floor price of USD 700 per tonne on onion to discourage outbound shipments.
"We have asked Nafed (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India) to procure 10,000 tonnes and SFAC (Small Farmers Agriculture-business Consortium) about 2,000 tonnes directly from farmers and sell in consuming areas. We have also asked the MMTC to import 2,000 tonnes," Paswan said.
While the private traders have imported 11,400 tonnes in the last few months, now the Government agency MMTC will soon float tenders to import 2,000 tonnes in two tranches.