189 trucks of Indian onion enter Bangladesh

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Chapainawabganj, October 04: A total of 189 trucks carrying Indian onion entered Bangladesh through the Sonamasjid land port on Friday.LCs were opened before the Indian onion export ban came into effect, said Mustafizur Rahman, president of Sonamasjid Port C&F Agent Association.

The onion is being imported under a special system during the Durga Puja holiday.

India banned onion export on September 29 with immediate effect till further notice to “improve domestic availability”.

“Several hundred trucks carrying onion were trapped in India’s Mahidpur land port when ban came. The perishable commodity eventually started to rot. Finally, import resumed on Friday,” he added.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, currently in Delhi, urged the Indian government to inform Dhaka beforehand about any impending decision to ban export of any product like onion so that Bangladesh can import it from alternative markets.

Meanwhile, a consignment of around 2,000 metric tonnes of onion loaded in 200 trucks under LCs opened before the existing ban started entering the country through Dinajpur’s Hili border.

According to Noor Amin, a revenue officer of Hili said the entry of onion under the already opened LCs is being allowed to keep the onion market stable in the country.