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Bangladesh Minister wants onion import ban during harvesting season

The Agriculture Ministry of Bangladesh wants to stop import of onions during the full harvesting season, in order to ensure fair prices for the nation’s farmers. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the ministries concerned and other stakeholders for taking a decision on the issue through dialogue, when the agriculture ministry placed a proposal at the last cabinet meeting.The minister said he requested the Prime Minister to stop importing onions to ensure a fair price for farmers.

Last year’s Indian export ban
The Indian government had imposed a ban on exporting onions from September 29 last year due to shortage and price hike. After a five-month ban, the Indian government announced to lift the ban on onion exports on February 26. After India's ban on exports, there was instability in Bangladesh’s onion market and onions were sold at Tk. 280-300 per kg.

When asked, M.A. Razzaque said: “We are hoping that production of onions will be satisfactory this year. We are very optimistic as onions are being cultivated over large areas. A high- yielding new variety of onion has been developed. If this is cultivated, there will be no onion problem in Bangladesh, inshallah. Production of new varieties of onion will be almost double compared to the old ones. The new varieties of onion would yield 18-19 tonnes per hectare, while the old ones yield 10-11 tonnes.”

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