The Indian federal government has relaxed the fumigation conditions for imported onions up to th 30th of November, to improve its domestic supply and check prices. In view of the public concern over the high onions prices, Agriculture Ministry decided to allow relaxation from the condition of fumigation and endorsement on Phytosanitary Certificate for onion imports.
The Ministry said, consignments of imported onions which arrive at Indian port without fumigation and endorsement on, Phytosanitary Certificate would be fumigated in India by the importer through an accredited treatment provider.
According to newsonair.com, the consignment would also be inspected thoroughly by quarantine officials and released only if found free from pests and diseases of concern to India. It said, such consignments of onions will not be subjected to the four times additional inspection fees on account of non-compliance of conditions under the Plant Quarantine Order, 2003.