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Commerce minister: Plane with Egyptian onions to arrive Wednesday

  • Published at 09:55 pm November 19th, 2019
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The minister blamed loading difficulties for the delay in onion shipment

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said the first consignment of Egyptian onions, initially scheduled to arrive Tuesday, will now enter Bangladesh on Wednesday.

He disclosed the information in talking to reporters at the Secretariat on Tuesday. 

The minister blamed loading difficulties for the delay in onion shipment, reports UNB. 

Munshi said the government started importing the much in demand cooking ingredient by air and ships as a special initiative to cool down the overheated onion market.

“A total of 50,000 metric tons of onions are being imported by air,” he said, adding that the first consignment from Egypt is on its way to Dhaka by a Saudi Airlines cargo plane. 

The plane is to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Wednesday midnight, he added.

"We expect other consignments will also arrive on a regular basis," Munshi said.

The commerce minister said the imported onions will be sold at a fair price through the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh.

Around 12,000 metric tons of onions are entering the country by sea, while the locally grown variety has started to hit the market, he said, hoping that onion prices will decline rapidly.

Munshi ruled out the possibility of any increase in edible salt prices, saying a total of 6 lakh metric tons of salt are currently in stock.

Blaming dishonest traders for the current turmoil in the salt market, he urged the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection to take action against those responsible through proper monitoring.