It has been reported that the Indian government is set to lift the ban on export of dehydrated onions of all varieties in cut, sliced or in powder form. In a letter addressed to the directorate general of foreign trade (DGFT), the Consumer Affairs Ministry has also recommended allowing export of two special quality onions. It concerns 10,000 tonnes each of Bangalore Rose and Krishnapuram onions.
According to timesofindia.indiatimes.com, the Ministry has also recommended allowing monthly export of 150 tonnes of onions to Bhutan for the next three months.
Almost all volumes of Bangalore Rose onion are meant only for export to southeast Asian countries., Krishnapuram onions are not used in Indian kitchens due to their size and pungency and these are imported by Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore.
The Consumer Affairs Ministry has recommended that these two onion varieties should be allowed for export in consultation with the state horticulture departments and export should be done through Chennai port following the same procedure adopted in 2019.