Onions from India will be imported to Bangladesh through the Bhomra land port from tomorrow as the neighbouring country lifted ban on onion exports after several months skyrocketing the price here.
Mostafizur Rahman Nasim, general secretary of Bhomra C&F Association of Satkhira, said, "Indian government's ban on onion exports had already been lifted. Traders can import onions from India starting tomorrow."
A retail customer, Saifulullah, expressed relief over the deescalating onion prices, saying, "Onions were being sold at a high price over few months. Onions costing Tk15 to Tk20 were being sold for Tk200 to Tk250 per kg."
"Now these onions are being sold for Tk45 to Tk60 per kg. The prices will fall further after Indian onions are imported," he added.
Onion prices skyrocketed after India banned onion export. Kitchen markets in Satkhira sold each kg of onion at a maximum of Tk280 to Tk300.
However, the prices have dropped to Tk30 per kg immediately after the ban was lifted.
The price of per kg locally-grown onion in the kitchen markets of Satkhira has dropped to Tk45 to Tk50 from Tk70 to Tk75.
Currently, India onions are priced at Tk45 to Tk50 while locally grown onions are priced at Tk55 to Tk60.