Government might allow export of rose onions from Andhra Pradesh: Piyush Goyal

Export of KP Onion or rose onion variety from Andhra Pradesh will be permitted in a day or two, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said in the Rajya Sabha. Rose onions are locally called KP Onion in Andhra Pradesh.

Earlier, during the morning session of the House, V Vijayasai Reddy of YSRCP had raised the issue. “The government is seized of the matter. And, I would like to reassure the member and the entire House that we are considering the matter and very soon, maybe within a day or two, we will permit the export of onion from Andhra Pradesh,” Goyal said.

“But, to ban export of KP Onion is not justified. It should be noted that there is a variety of onion called KP Onion grown in 5,000 acres on and around YSR Kadapa and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh,” Reddy said. The YSRCP MP further said KP Onion is not for domestic use and it is grown exclusively for export purposes. It is not used in kitchen due to its size and pungency. The onions are imported by Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore, he said.

The ban on KP Onion has adversely impacted thousands of farmers as they cannot sell this edible bulb in the domestic market. The government should lift the ban on exports of KP Onion immediately as the shelf life of this variety of onion is fast running out, he said.

The Centre had banned export of onions from the country after prices of the kitchen essential started rising sharply. At one point, onion was selling at as high as Rs 160 kg and the government had to resort to imports.

However, prices have started falling following arrival of new crop and were selling in the range of Rs 40-60 a kilogram.

Shekhar Ghosh is consulting editor, Indoasiancommodities.com. He has edited and written for publications like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today, Outlook and many other international publications. He can be reached at shekhar.ghosh@indoasiancommodities.in.

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