India takes back 400 trucks onions
Published: 09:13 PM, 21 September 2020
Row of onion trucks from India (Photo: Collected)
The Mahdipur Customs Authority of India has stopped the export of onions after arriving eight trucks of onions today at the Sonamasjid land port in Chapainawabganj. Concerned parties have also removed more than four hundred onion loaded trucks that were stuck.
On September 14, the Indian government stopped exporting onions to Bangladesh on the pretext of crisis in the domestic market and rising prices. The official announcement comes in the evening. As a result, Indian trucks carrying onions got stuck at the border. Prices in Bangladesh almost became doubled after India stopped exporting.
Sonamasjid land port C&F agent A. Awal said it was not possible to ascertain the amount of onions that were tendered through Sonamasjid port before September 14, but the amount of onions that were tendered was even higher. But the onions waiting to enter the port are being taken back by India.
He added that onions in several trucks were unloaded at local warehouses for fear of spoilage. Indian authorities have removed the remaining stuck onions from the port.
Meanwhile, traders were seen selling most of the onions at water price as one-third of the 213 metric tons of onions from India had rotted on Saturday. Some have been forced to discard as they went rotten again. The traders have suffered financial losses.
Azizul Islam, proprietor of Khadija Enterprise, said that out of 10 trucks of onions stuck, 2 trucks of onions came to him. One third of which had to be discarded. Half of the rest onions sold at Tk 25-30 per kg and some onions at Tk 35-40 per kg.
Mainul Islam, port manager of Panama Port Link Limited, which operates Sonamasjid port, said India exported 213 metric tons of onions in eight trucks through Mahdipur and removed the remaining onions.