Indian onion exports surge 49% April-December on demand from Southeast Asia and West Asia

India’s fresh onion exports increased 49 percent in volume to 1.72 million tonnes (mt) and in dollar terms by 15 percent to US$394 million in the first nine months of the current fiscal year compared to the same period last year on robust demand from the south. East Asian countries and West Asia.

The Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA), which has taken several steps including setting up a forum to promote onion exports, is confident that deliveries for fiscal year 2022-23 will beat last year’s levels due to higher deliveries and rising demand are used by major buyers like Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia among other countries.

“According to current trade feedback, demand for Indian onions in the international market is increasing and we expect shipments to exceed last year’s levels,” said APEDA Chairman M. Angamuthu. India exported US$460 million worth of onions in 2021-22 and the main destinations were Bangladesh, Malaysia, UAE, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, Qatar, Vietnam, Oman, Kuwait, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Maldives and Mauritius.

Special initiatives

India, which accounts for about a quarter of world onion production, is the third largest exporter after the Netherlands and Mexico. In order to give further impetus to onion deliveries, APEDA has taken initiatives such as B. Regularly interacting with trade to resolve supply chain issues, raising trade awareness on compliance with standards mandated by importing countries, and regular follow-up with affected stakeholders including government agencies, Indian missions abroad, exporters, R&D institutions and others, said angamuthu

Ajit Shah, president of the Horticulture Produce Exporters Association, said that although exports are good, the growth in foreign demand is not in sync with the increase in our production. “Because of the impact of the export ban imposed by India in 2019-20, countries such as Turkey, Egypt and Bangladesh, among others, which are major buyers of onions, have started to grow their own produce, affecting demand. Additionally, countries like the Philippines tend to prefer Chinese onions and don’t import from us,” Shah said.

Shah went on to say that while exports could increase in volume, shipments in terms of value are likely to hover around last year’s levels as prices have fallen this year.

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