Onion import from Afghanistan increased to 1000 tonnes per day
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As the import feasibility level is high in case of Afghanistan, supplies may continue for the next 15-20 days, they said.
Few days back, only 6-7 trucks carrying
"Imports from Afghanistan are likely to continue for about 15-20 days," said Uppal.
Imported supplies are going to Punjab, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, UT Chandigarh and
Traders further said that arrival of imported onions have also helped in curbing the rising prices of commodity.
"Impact on imported onion is being visible on the wholesale prices," they said adding onion from Afghanistan was commanding wholesale rate of Rs 15-30 per kg.
Onion is still fetching the rate of Rs 55-60 per kg in the retail market in several parts of Punjab.
However, they further said the quality of imported onion was not superior as they are unripe.
"We expect quality of onions may improve in coming days," they said.
Meanwhile, traders said there is no likelihood of Pakistan allowing export of its onion to India via Attari-Wagah land route, saying the size of onion crop in Pakistan is also not very big.
Traders had earlier onion was imported from Pakistan in January 2011 and from Afghanistan in September 2013 in the wake of supply crunch in India.
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