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Tipu Munshi regrets delay in arrival of imported onions

  • Published at 10:33 pm November 19th, 2019
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi
File photo of Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Cargo planes with 50,000 tons of onions to arrive on Wednesday

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi on Tuesday announced new schedule for the arrival of cargo planes carrying urgently procured 50,000 tons of onions from China, Egypt and Turkey.

He said the consignment would arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka on Wednesday. 

The 24-hour delay was caused by inconvenience during the loading of onions to cargo planes at the source country, Munshi told reporters at a press briefing at his ministry on Tuesday.    

According to the announcement made earlier, the onions were scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Tuesday evening.

"Starting from tomorrow, 2,500 tons of onions will arrive every day. Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) hired a cargo plane to bring the onion consignments," he added.

The commerce minister said TCB would sell onions imported through cargo plane at subsidized tariff rate. 

"After the arrival of cargo plane tomorrow, TCB would deploy four to five hundred trucks to distribute onions across the country to keep the prices stable," Munshi said, hoping that it would bring back normalcy in onions supply and price.