Rethink, ban on export of onions will assist Pakistan, Sharad Pawar tells Centre

Mumbai, September 15

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday met Union commerce minister Piyush Goyal and demanded that the Centre rethink its “sudden” determination to ban the export of onions.

Pawar tweeted Goyal assured him that the federal government will rethink the choice if there may be consensus among the many ministries of commerce, finance, and client affairs on the difficulty.

The NCP chief instructed the minister that the export ban will “hurt” India’s picture as a “reliable” provider of the commodity within the worldwide market.

The Central authorities on Monday banned the export of all forms of onions with quick impact to extend availability and curb costs of the bulb within the home market.

The former Union agriculture minister instructed Goyal that the choice evoked “sharp” reactions from Maharashtra’s onion-producing belt.

“There is an effective demand internationally for onions (exported from India) and we (India) have persistently been exporting onions.

“But due to the Centre’s sudden decision, India’s image in the international market as a reliable exporter of onion will be hurt,” Pawar tweeted.

In the wake of the choice, there’s a risk that India might emerge as an “unreliable supplier” of the commodity internationally, Pawar stated, including that the transfer will profit nations like Pakistan and others.

In one other tweet, Pawar stated Goyal instructed him that the proposal to ban the export was moved by the Union Consumer Affairs Ministry based mostly on the rising costs of the commodity. PTI

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