New Delhi, Nov 27 (UNI) The Commerce Ministry has declined to accept the onion production figure of 92 Lakh Tonnes (LT) for 2007-08 estimated by the Agriculture Ministry, saying that the production would be around 66 LT during the same period.
Replying during the question hour in the Lok Sabha, the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Jairam Ramesh said the export of onion was currently under the restricted list and only 13 Government agencies were being allowed to carry it out and are from the cooperative sector.
He said this was being done keeping in mind that the benefit of the export should go to the farmers.
Mr Ramesh said the Government was fully aware of the political impact on the price rise of onion as it had severly affected the previous NDA Government and so they had intervened in the first week of October this year and since then, the prices of onion which at one point of time hovered around Rs 30 per kg in the retail market had come down to Rs 12 to Rs 16 per kg.
He said the Indian onion was being exported to over 60 countries and during 2005-06, the country exported over 9.6 LT which went up to over 13.78 LT during 2006-07.