• Sunday, Feb 28, 2021
  • Last Update : 09:46 am

Onion supply glut in Khulna puts TCB in dilemma

  • Published at 07:16 pm December 18th, 2020
onion sell-tcb-mehedi
File photo: People swarm a Trading Corporation of Bangladesh truck selling onion at subsidized rate in the capital on Sunday, November 17, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The government took prompt steps to import the kitchen staple to cool down the market and sell it through its trading arm the TCB

Onion prices are cooling down in Khulna with the arrival of new batches in the market, thinning the previously seen long queues of people in front of Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) trucks to buy the commodity.

But supply glut has now put TCB in a fix with about 50 tons of onions stored at its Khulna warehouse.

Relatively low prices mean that people are not turning to TCB for the popular kitchen item and they are buying it from the market instead. The prices shot up to Tk 100-120 a kg after India had banned onion export on September 14 this year for a second time in two years.

The government took prompt steps to import the kitchen staple to cool down the market and sell it through its trading arm the TCB.

TCB officer Anisur Rahman said they have been selling two tonnes of onion every day at five points in Khulna at Tk 30 per kg. But the prices have fallen to Tk 20 a kg now.

“Prices are falling with the new onion season. People are gradually losing interest in imported onion,” he said.

Bangladesh’s annual demand for the popular kitchen item ranges between 2.2 and 2.5 million tonnes. Commerce Ministry figures show the amount imported was hardly 0.4 million tonnes in FY09, but had touched up to 1.1 million tonnes in recent years.

Anisur Rahman is optimistic about selling the 50 tonnes of onion in the stock. “I’m monitoring the situation myself,” he said without elaborating how the huge stock will be sold.

But one of the dealers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they are being forced to take two tonnes of onion every day. “We’ve stopped receiving goods for this reason,” he said.

TCB trucks selling onions were absent at some points in the city on Thursday where they were usually seen.

Last week, TCB slashed online onion prices to Tk 23 from Tk 36.

In the retail market, the usual buzz was gone and traders were sitting idly. The old onions, which cost relatively higher, were hardly selling.

One of the reasons was the arrival of new onions in the market. “They are on high demand,” the owner of Arman Traders said.

Good quality onion costs Tk 40-45 per kg while the moderate quality product was selling for Tk 30.

“Consumers are mostly buying the mid-quality variety,” he said.

With the arrival of more onion, the prices will fall further in the next two weeks, the trader added.

Facebook 54
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail