Bangladesh to import onions from Pakistan

Published: November 10, 2019 11:51:19 | Updated: November 12, 2019 15:15:21

KARACHI: Pakistan has received the first onion export order of more than 300 tonnes of onion from Bangladesh after nearly 15 years of recess following an Indian ban on the vegetable’s outbound shipment to its neighbouring country to avert price hike in domestic markets, reported The News, according to a report by https://profit.pakistantoday.com.pk/.

An official of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) quoted in the report confirmed that Bangladesh’s Tasho Enterprise finalised deals with a Karachi-based Roshan Enterprise.

“At least 12 containers of onions are being exported to Bangladesh,” the official said. “More would follow.”

India has slapped a ban on exports of onion to Bangladesh due to its local shortage amid floods.

Bangladesh imports 700,000 to 1.1 million tonnes of onions a year and of which around 75 per cent was imported from India.

The ban caused surge in prices to new heights in Bangladesh, as the market was heavily dependent on Indian supply.

In Dhaka, consumers are being asked to pay 120 taka ($1.42) per kilogram for onions — twice the price a fortnight ago and the highest since December 2013, claimed the report.

“The shipment value from Pakistan would be around $600/tonne,” Waheed Ahmed, patron-in-chief of All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchant Association, said. He said one container carries approximately 28 tons, reported the publication.

Ahmed doesn’t know the exact local onion production, “as the production fluctuates drastically in Pakistan.” “But whenever the crop is good, a significant quantity can be exported without impacting local supply,” he said.

A kilogram price of onion soared more than 150 per cent to Rs83 during the last week.

 Onion prices more than doubled in October over the corresponding month a year earlier. Month-on-month, there was around four percent increase, according to the report.


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