|Published : 28 Nov 2016, 21:04:53|
Imported onion dominates Magura kitchen markets
MAGURA, Nov 28: Onion farmers of the district are passing worried time as they cannot sell their newly-harvested crops due to low demand. They do not even get fair prices of the item.
Sources said traders have been flooding the local markets with onion from India because of its high demand. Local onion is being sold at Tk 30 per kg, while the imported one at Tk 20 per kg. In this situation consumers prefer Indian ones rather than local variety.
DAE sources said a total of 752 hectares of land were brought under onion cultivation this season with an expected production target of 8060 tonnes.
Latif Biswas, a farmer of village Ramnagar under Sadar Upazila, said, "I brought two bighas of land under onion cultivation this season. I sold my crop at Tk 20 per kg in the local markets. But my earnings did not cover my production cost."
Beloara Khanam, a customer of Nanduali area in the district town, said, "We are getting imported onion at Tk 20 per kg as against Tk 30 per kg local variety. For this we prefer imported ones."
Local farmers urge the government to impose a restriction on import of onion.