New Delhi: The Central government on Monday, banned the export of all varieties of onion except those cut, sliced or broken down in powder form, as due to heavy rainfall and floods there is a shortage in the domestic market.
“The export of all varieties of onion…is prohibited with immediate effect,” the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification.
The ban also includes Bangalore rose onions and Krishnapuram onions.
“Onion prices have increased in the recent past. There is a shortage of supply in the domestic market due to heavy rainfall and floods. But this shortage is seasonal, a government official said.
In the April-June period of FY, India exported $198 million of onions and in the entire 2019-2020 $440.
In March, the government lifted a nearly six-month-old ban on the export of onions to boost the income of the farmers.
Similarly, last year in September, the government had imposed a ban on the export of the key cooking ingredient that levied a minimum export price (MEP) of $850 per tonne which surged the price to Rs160 per kg in certain parts of the country.