Last week, Sindh officials asked the Pakistan government to allow exporters to resume onion exports and also to stop imports to give price benefits to growers. Provincial Minister for Agriculture, Ismail Rahu, said onion prices have come down drastically and growers are suffering in the province, the biggest onion producer in the country. The province produces more than the cumulative production of all the other provinces.
Prices have dropped in the last two weeks since exports were halted. The fruit and vegetable exporters announced a self-imposed ban on exports of onion to control the rising prices in the local market. However, it has affected growers in Sindh.
Rahu said onions were cultivated on over 56,000 hectares in the province.
The provincial minister said a bumper crop is expected in Sindh this year with production of more than 747,000 tons. The consumption of the province is 563,000 tons. Sindh will have a surplus of more than 184,000 tons.
Growers of onions are already suffering in the province, as imports of onions continue from Iran.