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Ahsanul inaugurates sale operations of Indian imported onion

  • Thanked Indian Commerce Minister 
  • 'Working to frame agreements with countries like Myanmar, Russia, and Brazil to import essential items'

 

Update : 02 Apr 2024, 07:48 PM

State Minister for Commerce Ahsanul Islam Titu has inaugurated the sale operations of onions imported from India at a function in front of the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) Bhaban in the capital.

Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Ahsanul said Bangladesh got onions from India due to its friendly relations with this neighbouring country.

"But it took some time to lower the price... I thank the Indian Commerce Minister for giving us onion despite facing various internal challenges," he said on Tuesday.

Mentioning that his ministry has been working to enhance the supply of commodities in the market, Ahsanul said efforts would be there to bring in the rest of the consignments of onions from India in phases.

He said that such sale operations of onions in Dhaka and Chittagong would help to reduce the price of such an essential item elsewhere in the country.

Answering a question, Ahsanul informed me that the Ministry of Commerce has been working to frame agreements with countries like Myanmar, Russia, and Brazil to import essential items.

While speaking as a special guest, Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce Tapan Kanti Ghosh said that the import of onions is a result of the trade diplomacy of the government.

He also hoped that there would be a special quota for Bangladesh even if India imposed an export ban.

Director General of the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP), AHM Shafiquzzaman, also spoke at the event.

Some 1,650 out of 50,000 metric tons of onion have already arrived in the country from India, while such onion would be sold at Tk40 per kg in Dhaka, Chittagong, and Gazipur cities.

TCB chairman Brigadier General M Ariful Hasan, TCB additional director Khandaker Nurul Haque, Mohammad Robiul Morshed, and ward councillor Shamim Hasan, among others, were present on the occasion.

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