Pune, 27th February 2023: Maharashtra has exported nine and a half lakh tonnes of onions to countries such as Bangladesh, Malaysia, the UAE, and Nepal in the past five months. However, there is a need for proper planning for the export of summer onions, which are harvested in May and June.
During the five months, the highest quantity of onions was exported to Bangladesh, accounting for more than 50% of the total onion exports. A total of 4,80,168 tonnes of onions were exported to Bangladesh, followed by Malaysia with 1,20,901 tonnes.
Maharashtra accounts for 30% of the country’s onion production, and onion exports have been a significant contributor to the state’s economy. However, in the past, there have been instances where sudden bans on onion exports have caused price fluctuations in the domestic market, affecting both farmers and consumers.
Experts suggest that proper planning and coordination between farmers, exporters, and the government can prevent such situations. This includes ensuring that the right quality and quantity of onions are available for export, as well as having backup plans in case of sudden changes in export policies.
There is also a need to explore new markets and increase the competitiveness of Indian onions in the global market. In this regard, the government has taken steps such as reducing export restrictions, providing financial assistance to exporters, and promoting onion clusters in the state.
However, there is still a long way to go in terms of ensuring a sustainable and profitable onion export industry. The state government, as well as other stakeholders, must work together to address the challenges faced by farmers and exporters and to create a robust onion export ecosystem.