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South Korea: Onion imports more than quadrupled in early 2021

In the first two months of 2021, South Korea's imports of onions grew more than fourfold y-o-y, as the long rainy season and a series of typhoons negatively affected production. Imports of onions came to 13,715 tons up to the middle of last week. Of the import volume, those from China accounted for 63 percent, trailed by those from Japan with 32 percent.

Consumers paid  3,314 won ($2.98) for a kilogram of onions only recently, quite a difference from the previous year's average of 1,750 won, as the output of the vegetable fell sharply due to the long rainy season.

The ministry expects South Korea to depend heavily on imported goods through early April, when this year's harvest of onions begins.



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