India exports over 45,000 tonnes of onions after lifting ban

India has exported over 45,000 tonnes of onions since lifting the ban on outbound shipments earlier this month. This move has brought relief to farmers who were affected by the restrictions aimed at stabilizing domestic supplies before the general elections.

Nidhi Khare, Secretary of the Consumer Affairs Ministry, shared the update on Wednesday. “Since the ban was lifted, more than 45,000 tonnes of onions have been exported, mostly to the Middle East and Bangladesh,” she said.


India, known as the world’s largest vegetable exporter, had imposed a ban on onion exports last December. The ban was extended in March due to a spike in prices caused by slow production. The government’s decision to ban exports was initially aimed at keeping domestic prices in check and ensuring sufficient supply for local consumers.

The lifting of the ban has provided much-needed relief to onion farmers. Many had faced financial difficulties due to the inability to sell their produce internationally. With the ban now lifted, farmers are able to access larger markets, leading to better prices for their crops.

Khare said the forecast of a good monsoon this year will ensure better sowing of kharif (summer) crops, including onion from June onwards.

The bulk of these exports have been directed towards the Middle East and Bangladesh. These regions have been traditional markets for Indian onions, and the resumption of exports has been welcomed by both exporters and importers.