Over 10,000 tons onion imported in seven days
More than 10,000 tons of onion were imported in only seven working days from India through Hili Land Port (HLP) under Hakimpur upazila of Dinajpur district, Rangpur, customs officials and importers said.
The daily import of onion increased two to three times last week than the previous week through HLP alone to meet increasing demand of the essential commodity during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan, reports BSS.
As a result, the onion price has marked a fall by Taka 2 to 3 per kg at different places now in the northern region of the country. "A total of 501 Indian trucks loaded with 10,031 tonnes onion entered Bangladesh through HLP in only seven working days till May 10 last and the trend continues," said Rezvee Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner of the Customs at HLP on Sunday.
Around 50 Indian trucks loaded with onion are entering Bangladesh through HLP daily on an average since May 3 last as the average number of entering trucks with onion remained around 20 a day earlier.
"The customs officials at HLP are working with utmost sincerity to release the imported onion after completing necessary formalities as soon as possible so that the perishable commodity would not decompose," Rezvee added.
Onion importer Bablur Rahman told BSS that 15 to 20 Indian trucks with onions were entering Bangladesh daily through the HLP even 10 days ago and the import marked sharp increase in recent days with growing demand of onion. Another onion importer Mamunur Rashid said, "Around 50 or even more Indian trucks loaded with onion are now entering Bangladesh daily through the HLP and many other trucks loaded with onion are on the queue."
The businessmen are importing the 'Nasik', 'Patna', 'Gujarat', 'Indore', and Rajasthan' varieties of onion from India and selling those at wholesale rates at Hili to the bigger onion traders came from different regions of the country. President of the Customs Clearing and Forwarding Agents' Association (CC&FAA) at HLP Kamal Hossain Raj said onion price would remain steady during holy Ramadan following huge import of the commodity from neighboring India.
General Secretary of the CC&FAA Abdur Rahman Litan said the customs authorities are clearing imported onions at the quickest possible time helping the traders to ensure smooth and huge supply of the commodity in local markets.
"The imported onion is being sold at Taka 20 to 22 per kg at wholesale markets of Hili now while the common consumers are purchasing the same at taka 22 to 25 per kg depending on the quality and variety," Litan said.
Almost 95 percent of the imported onions are being sent to Dhaka, Chattogram, Cumilla, Mymensingh, Bogura, Sirajganj, Rangpur, Tangail, Narayanganj and other districts, he added.
Talking to this correspondent at Rangpur City Bazar kitchen market, vegetables' retailer Hafizur Rahman said the market price of onion has fallen by Taka 2 to 3 during the past couple of days.