Despite commitment India did not give onions

Azizul Haque, Staff Correspondent,, Benapole(Jashore)


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Despite the Indian government’s  agreeing to release a portion of the onions stuck in the ban, no trucks eventually entered the port of Benapole.

The traders were shocked. No truck of onions entered the port of Benapole till 11:30 pm on Wednesday (September 16).

Aksar Uddin Mollah, revenue officer of Benapole Customs Cargo Branch, said onions were to be imported from India. We waited all the day. But no onion has entered in the last two days. All the trucks are stuck on the other side.

Sarwar Johnny, a representative of Hamid Enterprise in Khulna, Bangladesh's largest onion importer, said India did not even want to release some of the stranded trucks. The port is closed for two days. Onions stuck in the heat will be completely destroyed. We are shocked by such behavior of the friendly state.

Aminul Haque, vice-president of the Benapole Port Import-Export Association, said it was not logical to stop onion exports to Bangladesh citing the crisis. So, like last year, he would not have stopped onion against giving hilsa. In order to activate the import of onions, the representatives of the two countries need to sit down.

Meanwhile, the price of onion has skyrocketed in the open market due to the suspension of onion imports. The price of onion, which was Taka 40 per kg two days ago, has gone up to Taka 80. Market prices are rising further due to lack of market control.