Afghanistan suspends onion exports to meet domestic demand as prices rise

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Afghanistan has halted the export of onions to meet demands from its domestic markets as prices have recently increased.

In a statement released on Friday, the Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock said that due to drought across the country, onion harvests have plummeted, which has also caused prices to spike in the country, reports TOLO News.

“The export of onions to overseas has stopped currently as the price of 7 kg is Afs 200 in Afghanistan currently,” said Chamber member Mirwais Hajizada.

Afghanistan exported onions to Pakistan, India, Russia and Central Asian countries.

The price of 7 kg of onions was usually around Afs 30 at this time of the year.

“We used to have exports, but this year we have no exports because we have less harvest this year,” Iqbal, a vendor, was quoted by TOLO News as saying.

According to Bakhtiar, another vendor, the lack of rain this year has triggered drought conditions, leading to lower crop yields across Afghanistan.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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