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Nepal requesting India to end onion export suspension before Dashain

File: Onion sacks

Kathmandu, October 6

Nepal has launched efforts to request India to end the onion export suspension within the next few days.

As Dashain, the biggest festival of Nepalis, is coming closer, the demand for onions is increasing in the market. However, there is a shortage due to the export ban in India.

Wherever available, the price is as high as three times the price one month ago.

Commerce Secretary Baikuntha Aryal says a discussion has begun with India trade officials to lift the suspension that the New Delhi government introduced in the second week of September to ensure sufficient supply in the domestic market.

“We are discussing the issue informally. If we reach some consensus at this stage, we will begin a formal discussion,” Aryal says, adding senior officials including the commerce minister is involved in the talks from the Nepal side.

However, a concrete outcome is still not seen, according to the ministry.

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