Bangladesh stops onion import from India
নিজস্ব প্রতিনিধি, ঢাকা, ১৭ জানুয়ারি ২০২১ : আমদানি করা ভারতীয় পেঁয়াজ এবং দেশি পেঁয়াজের দাম সমান হওয়ার কারণে ক্রেতারা ভারতের আমদানি করা পেঁয়াজ কিনতে চাচ্ছেন না। এ কারণেই বাজারে ভারতীয় পেঁয়াজের চাহিদা কমে গেছে।
Traders have stopped importing onions from India due to declining demand. Even if the import is stopped, there will not be any problem with onion in the country's market. Because the country is now full of onions. This information has been known by talking to the traders.
As a result of imposing 10 percent import duty on onions, the price of onions produced in Bangladesh and India is now equal. There is no difference in the price of onion between the two countries. Buyers are interested in local onions as they are incomparable in taste. For now, the importers have stopped importing onions from India through Healy land port. However, the Bangladesh Land Port Authority has said that Indian onions imported through other land ports of the country are not coming to the country's market even though no announcement has been made.
Authorities say if the price is higher or equal to imported Indian onions than domestic onions, why would buyers buy them? In any case, domestic onions are better than imported onions.
It may be mentioned that there was no demand for Indian onion in the country's market and no onion was imported through Healy land port on January 13 and 14. At the same time, no Indian onion is being imported through Benapole and Bhomra land ports of the country.
Adding the price of onion in India, transportation cost and 10 percent import duty of Bangladesh, the price of onion per kg now stands at Rs 35 to 36 after import from India. But onions are being sold at Tk 30 per kg in the country's market. Buyers are buying from the market at a maximum price of Tk 40 per kg after meeting the profits and other expenses of the wholesalers and retailers.
On the other hand, imported Indian onions have to be bought from the border at Rs 35 to 36 per kg and brought to remote areas of the country, including the capital, to be sold to consumers at Rs 42 to 43 per kg after meeting its transportation costs and wholesale and retailer profits. So no one wants to do this business. Consumers do not want to buy Indian onions unless the price of imported Indian onions is at least Rs 5 to 6 per kg less than the normal price of domestic onions.