Onion Crisis: Centre orders 6,090 MT from Egypt, ex-Mumbai price Rs 52/kg, ex-Delhi Rs 60/kg

New Delhi: The Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs Avinash K Srivastava yesterday held video conferencing with State Governments to analyse their demand for onions. The Secretary has also written a letter to Chief Secretaries of all States on 23 November in this regard.

MMTC has placed order for the first consignment of 6,090 MT of Onions from Egypt which will be arriving at Nhava Sheva (JNPT), Mumbai.

The Onions are being offered to State Governments for distribution at the rate of Rs. 52-55 per kilogram ex-Mumbai and will also be made available at the rate of Rs. 60 per kilogram ex-Delhi.

State Governments may take the stock from the location on their own, and also have the option of getting transportation facilitated through National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation Ltd (NAFED), if required. The supply of imported onions will begin early December onwards.

For Delhi, while the demand from the State government is yet to be provided, NAFED has informed that it will retail onions through its own outlets and those of Mother Dairy, Kendriya Bhandar and NCCF.

The total demand received so far from various State Governments for the 1st week is 2,265 MT which includes demand from the State of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Kerala and Sikkim ,and also includes the demand of NAFED for supplies in Delhi.

Other States have been requested to indicate their demand at the earliest so that they can be supplied by the Centre.

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