The government has decided to continue with the ban on export of the onion, but opened a small window by allowing transhipment of a southern variety which is consumed in limited quantity. After a meeting of Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on Food, Commerce and Industry minister Anand Sharma told reporters that the Ban on onion export will continue.
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said one particular variety of onion export has been allowed in small quantity. The government had banned export of onion early this January to rein in onion crisis triggered by its soaring prices.
The EGOM decided to allow exports of three varieties of non-basmati rice grown in four southern states up to 1.50 lakh tonnes. The three varieties exempted from export ban are Ponni Samba, Rosematta and Sona Masuri which are grown in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. However, exemptions would be given only if exports are valued at above 850 dollars per tonne.
Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said that country’s wheat production is estimated to go to an all-time high of 81.47 million tonnes while foodgrains will rise to 232.07 tonnes in the current year. Speaking to reporters Mr Power said the country will witness record production in wheat, pulses and cotton this year.