Turkey responds to Bangladesh onion shortages

Turkey has offered to export 15,000 tons of onions to Bangladesh amid price hikes due to India’s export ban.

“Turkey has offered to export 15,000 tons of onions to Bangladesh at Tk 23 [$0.27] per kilogram,” Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Monday.

India, the world's largest onion exporter, is witnessing rising prices of the essential item in South Asian cuisine prompting authorities to place an export ban. This means Bangladesh is now looking for alternatives.

Momen said on his recent visit to Ankara he floated the idea of exporting onions from Turkey: "During my visit to Turkey, I, having the consent from Bangladesh commerce minister about the problem of onions, I gave the responsibility to the Bangladesh Mission there in Turkey to hold dialogue with Turkish traders.”

However, according to aa.com.tr¸ Bangladesh has yet to make a formal announcement about starting imports.

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