Shri Swami Samarth Shipping Co Imports 84 tonnes of Egyptian onions
NAVI MUMBAI: The latest arrival of 84 tonnes of imported onions from Egypt at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Nhava Sheva today has sent a cheer among the traders as it will help to check the escalating prices of the bulb.
"On Saturday morning three containers filled with the imported Egyptian onions arrived at JNPT. These will soon be dispatched to wholesale traders in Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and also in parts of south India. The customs also quickly cleared the consignment, as we all are aware of the onion crisis in the country today," said the customs clearing agent, Sachin Kubal.
He added that another 50 containers of onions from Egypt are still at sea and will soon be arriving at JNPT by next week. This should help in bringing down the wholesale rates of onions.
"Currently, the wholesale rates of onions in Nashik and Mumbai are around Rs 55 and Rs 61 per kg respectively. We are going to sell these imported onions for around Rs 45 to Rs 50 per kg to bring down the prices," said Kubal. He added that a Chennai based party had ordered the onions import from Egypt.
The director of onion-potato wholesale market of APMC at Vashi, Ashok Valunj, remarked: "Normally, the shortage of onions is felt in the period between August and early October. We hope that the prices come down due to the arrival of Egyptian onions."
Valunj added that in the previous years, Indian government had also purchased the crop from Pakistan, but there have been no imports from there at present.
The Egyptian onions are slightly bigger and appear more reddish in colour, when compared to the Indian bulb. The diameter of the imported onion is between 60mm and 85mm.