Onion price surges in Nepal amid scarcity after India’s export restriction

Kathmandu, September 15

After India restricted the export of onions, Nepali vegetable market has also experienced a shortage. Further, the price has surged over the past few days.

Department of Customs Director-General Suman Dahal says India has stopped exporting onions since the beginning of this week. “After we did not receive the supplies from India, there is a shortage in the Nepali market,” Dadhi Ram Upreti, a wholesaler at Kalimati Fruit and Vegetable Market, says.

A kilogram of onion was available for Rs 66 until last week. It costs at least Rs 80 these days.

Consumer rights activists, however, suspect that the traders are creating an artificial shortage on the pretext of the export ban in India.

Hoping that a restriction could decrease the price of onions in the domestic market, the Indian government has suspended the export.

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