Pakistan’s onion imports fail to check price spiral

Onions from Iran and Afghanistan have been finding their way into local markets for the last 10 days to bridge the demand and supply gap following reports of crop damage in Sindh and Balochistan due to devastating rains. However, consumers did not get any price relief as retailers are charging Rs10 per kg extra on both the imported varieties ranging between Rs50-60 per kg.

Market Committee Karachi Division Vice-Chairman Asif Ahmed said, however, said Iranian onions are arriving through informal channels. The wholesale price of Afghanistan and Iranian onion is Rs1,800-2,000 and Rs1,500-1,600 per 40 kg, respectively. He said the wet Balochistan crop is available at Rs800-1,000 per 40 kg.

Falahi Anjuman Wholesale Market New Subzi Mandi Super Highway President Haji Shahjehan said rains and floods have definitely affected Sindh onion crop, but expressed the hope it will hit the markets by October end.

On reports of arrival of Iranian tomatoes, he said very little quantity is arriving from Iran while the Balochistan crop is also available. Tomato is selling between Rs100-120 per kg at the retail markets. Tomato arrival from Mingora and Swat has also started.

[ Rs100 = €0.51 ]




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