383 metric tons onions arrive thru Teknaf...

Dhaka, Friday   23 October 2020

383 metric tons onions arrive thru Teknaf

 Cox`s Bazar Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 08:12 PM, 14 October 2020  

383 metric tons onions arrive thru Teknaf

383 metric tons onions arrive thru Teknaf

After a two-and-a-half-month shutdown, onion imports began through Teknaf land port in Cox's Bazar in September.

On Tuesday morning, 22.668 metric tons of onions have arrived through the port from Myanmar. As a result, a total of 383.368 metric tons of onion has been imported in seven phases.

Mohammad Nasir Uddin, customs officer of Teknaf land port, confirmed this information.

He said a Teknaf trader named Mohammad Selim on Tuesday imported 22.668 metric tons of onions from Myanmar. In total, 373.368 metric tons of onion has been imported. Traders are being further encouraged to increase imports as per the demand.

According to the Teknaf Customs Department, 84 metric tons of onions were imported through this port in August last year, 3,573 metric tons in September, 20,843 metric tons in October, and 21,560 metric tons in November. Besides, 83 metric tons in July and 57.200 metric tons in September this year, has been arrived. At last, 22.668 metric tons of onions have arrived on 13 October.

It is found that onions are sold at Tk 90 and Tk 85 per kg visiting a few grocery shops in the small Haji Market and Kanchabazar adjacent to the bus stand of Teknaf municipality.

But last week onions were sold at Tk 75 in the retail market. In four days, the price per kg has been increased by Tk 10-15.

When asked about the reason for the difference in price, the sellers said that the import is less than the demand, for which the price of onion has gone up.

Retailers said they bought onions from the wholesale market at Tk 75 on Sunday. 2-1 kg of onion is wasted in each sack. There are also transportation costs. If you sell below Tk 85-90, there is no profit.

Mohammad Selim, an onion importer at Teknaf land port, said, "It takes 2-3 days to bring onions from Myanmar after completing all the procedures along with booking. In the first phase, 22.668 metric tons of onion arrived. More onion-filled trawlers are coming.”

Jasim Uddin, general manager of United Land Port Teknaf Limited, a land port operator, said, "Onions imported from Myanmar is being unloaded and is sending to various cities across the country. Hopefully, if the import increases, it will be possible to meet the demand of onion in the country. Prices will come down at the retail level also.