Indian onion export bans enable Iraq and Turkey to gain footholds in global market

Iraq and Turkey are strong competitors to India within the latter’s conventional onion export market. In earlier years, the Indian government has been resorting to banning exports or fixing minimal import price for onion exports to rein in rising home prices. On September 24 final year, the Union Government banned exports after retail prices started to zoom within the home market.

Agri Commodities Exporters Association President M. Madan Prakash: “Iraq and Turkey are waiting to fill in any gap left by India in the onion export market. They gained when India banned onion exports from September 24 to December 31 last year.”

“These countries - besides Pakistan - are always behind us. The ban on exports is proving to be a problem in winning back our traditional hold,” stated Ajit Shah, President of Horticulture Produce Exports Association (HPEA).

As reported on¸ the most recent export ban was lifted from January 1, however exporters needed to face issues in getting patrons.

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