Onion exports rise by 15% as global prices turn competitive for traders.

Onion exporters see shipments increasing by about 15per cent from a year ago with prices turning competitive in the international market on the back of a government incentive scheme and potential of good domestic production. After the government extended the Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS) to onion growers, the freight-on-board (FOB) price of the Indian variety declined to $195/tonne (from $220 per tonne earlier), giving competition to the produce from China, where a good crop is seeing producers take advantage of high prices in neighbouring nations. The average price in the wholesale markets of Maharashtra is now around Rupee10/kg.