Export of onions from Maharashtra declined by over 27.4% during the 2021-22 financial year when compared to the previous year. According to the data provided by the Agricultural and Process Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), onion export from Maharashtra declined to 580,000 tons during the 2021-22 financial year, down from 790,000 tons during the previous fiscal of 2020-21. It should be noted that a bulk of onion exports from the state is from the Nashik district.
“The wholesale prices of onions in the domestic market were higher when compared to the prices of the produce in the international markets. Moreover, freight charges have also increased at large. These two factors led to a drop in onion exports from the state,” said the APEDA officials.
Manoj Jain, an onion exporter, blamed the Centre for its continued interference in the policy that is affecting onion exports from the country.