On Friday, Leena Nandan (Consumer Affairs Secretary) said, the government has applied a limit on stock holding for onion traders. This move will ensure that illegal hoarding of onions is denied and the prices are checked. Earlier, the Centre had eased the standard regulations for import of onions and also decided to release onions from the buffer stocks.
This year at the beginning of the Rabi season, the government had already built a buffer stock for onions. To calm down the scorching prices of onions, the government has further decided to supply onions from these buffer stocks to retail suppliers such as NCCF, Safal, Kendriya Bhandar, vegetable mandis and state governments.
Fumigation conditions and declarations of Phytosanitary Certificate established by the 2003 Plant Quarantine Order have been eased to facilitate faster and hassle-free import of the crop. This order will be applicable till 15th December, 2020 as of now.
Instructions have been forwarded to the Indian High Commissions in concerned countries to reach out the onion traders there and set up greater import of this crop towards India. The crops will be imported without any fumigation and PSC implied endorsements. Fumigation process of the crops will be carried out by the importers in India through accredited treatment providers, after the consignment has reached.
An undertaking will be taken from the importers to make sure the crop will be used for consumption only. Under the Plant Quarantine Order, 2003; on these imported onions, four times an additional inspection fee will not be applied as the conditions of import are non-compliant.