(Satya Havilah, Intern Journalist) New Delhi: Cooperative association Nafed said on Friday that it has issued orders for the supply of 15,000 tonnes of imported onions and the bidders have been finalized in this regard. NAFED said that this would increase availability in the domestic market and keep prices under control. Nafed further said that the imported onion would be distributed from the port cities Therefore, to ensure fast supply, the State Governments have been asked what quantity of onions they need. For an additional supply of imported onions, NAFED planes to issue regular tenders

According to an official statement, “Yesterday (Thursday) Nafed received a good response to the tenders issued for supply in Tuticorin and Mumbai.” Nafed finalized the successful bidders last evening to ensure timely supply to the market.
Which matches the choice of Indian consumers. Significantly, medium-sized onions are generally preferred in India, while foreign onions are up to 80 mm in size. People of UP eat the most onions, Bihar in the second place.

Last year MMTC imported yellow, pink, and red onions directly from Turkey and Egypt, While this year has offered to supply to private importers to ensure supply of good quality onions in the shortest possible time. Meanwhile, Nafed said that wholesale and retail prices of onions were seen a steady decline.
The arrival of old stocks of rabi (winter) and new stock of Kharif (summer) from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, and other states has curbed the rising prices of onions. Nafed hoped that government policy intervention and buffer, imports, and new arrivals would speed up supply, and the onion market would soon be back to normal. Retail prices of onions in some parts of the country are as high as Rs 80-100 per kg, according to market rates.

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