FSSAI has issued an order dated 01st January 2020 related to clearance of imported consignments of onions. The FSSAI has been informed by the Government of India that MMTC Ltd, which is the State-owned trading firm,has been assigned the task of importing onions and distributing them to various states. The imports of these onions are expected to tide over the demand and supply gap and reduce the soaring prices of onions.
Most of these consignments of onions will arrive in containers at the Nhava Sheva Port from where they will be distributed to the states. The first lot of containers is expected to reach Nhava Sheva port by 1 January, 2020 from where the containers are likely to be moved to ICD Tughlakabad in Delhi and to ICD Kanpur.
The FSSAI has directed all Authorised Officers of the FSSAI to facilitate smooth and early clearance of the consignments of imported onions by MMTC Ltd which is a Government of India Undertaking. The FSSAI has also directed the Authorised Officers to submit the compliance report of the above-mentioned imports to FSSAI-HQ weekly, every Monday.
About Onion Imports
According to media reports, the consignments of onions have already started arriving at the Mumbai port and have been imported from Turkey and Egypt. Onions imported from Afghanistan are coming via land and will cross over at the Attari border. Both the red and yellow varieties of onions are being sent by these countries. State-owned MMTC, which is importing the onions on behalf of the government, has contracted 49,500 tonnes of onion so far.
Onion prices shot up sharply in India as there was an estimated 25 per cent fall in production of onions in 2019-20 crop year, which is July-June, because of late monsoons and eventual excess rains in the major onion producing states.