Bumper crop keeps onion prices in check; traders against curbs on exports

Written by Sandip Das | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 17 2014, 05:31am hrs
Bumper crop in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat has kept onion prices stable across the country for the last few months. Traders have now asked the Centre to refrain from imposing any curb on export of the vegetable.

Traders and farmers say that there is enough stock to deal with the rising demand in the next few months.

There are sufficient stocks to meet the demand till September after which the kharif crop would enter the market, RP Gupta, director of the Nasik-based National Horticulture Research and Development Foundation (NHDRF) told FE.

Gupta said that out of the total output, 3.5 million tonne of onions has been stored to meet the demand in the next few months. Summer crops contribute close to half of the the country's onion output.

A trader from Nasik, the hub of country's onion trade, said the government should not impose any curb on onion exports as it could impact kharif sowing.

In 2013-14, the country produced a record 19.2 million tonne of onion. The government should refrain from imposing ban on onion exports as it would discourage farmers from sowing in the kharif season, C B Holkar, board member, Nafed, and a farm leader from Nasik, said.

Commerce ministry sources said that they are keeping a close watch on onion retail prices before taking a call on imposing restrictions on the exports.