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Chinese onions to ease crisis
MUMBAI, JAN 15 (Agencies):
Published on 15 Jan. 2011 11:54 PM IST
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Chinese goods are a staple in Indian markets. The latest product from China to debut in India are the onions.
Faced with a major crisis in supply and skyrocketing prices, the government has decided to import onion from China. Almost 440 bags with 25 kg each of Chinese onion landed in the APMC Market in Navi Mumbai on Friday, sources told IBN7.
They are bigger in size, with an average weight of 500 grams.
The last of the imported stocks of onions, this time from China, arrived at the APMC wholesale market in Vashi on Friday. The Chinese onions are high grade and double the size of normal Indian onions.
The director of onion-potato section of APMC, Ashok Valunj, said: ‘’A shipping container with 11 tonnes of imported onions of China arrived today from Nhava Sheva. We will not be getting any more imports from Pakistan or China now, as the fresh farm supplies from Pune and Nashik belt will now start flooding the markets.’’
He said the wholesale onions prices are steadily on the decline due to ample supplies at wholesale markets all over Maharashtra.
On Friday, there were arrivals of 110 truckloads of onions at the Vashi APMC. This further reduced the rates in the range of Rs 20 to Rs 32 per kg. The high-quality Chinese onions went for the higher rate of Rs 32 per kg.
Onion trader Sanjay Parakh said the Chinese onions are quite big and heavy, weighing between 250 gm and 300 gm per piece.
Comparatively, a normal grade Indian or Pakistani onion weighs only between 100 gm to 150 gm. This makes the Chinese bulb double the size of Indian onions.

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