National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) has invited bids from importers for supply of 15,000 tonnes of red onions to increase the domestic supply and check price rise. Bidders have been asked to supply 40-60 mm size of red onions from any country of origin at ₹50/kg by November 20.
The last date for submission of bids is 4 November and the bids received will be opened on the same day. The imported onions will be launched at Jawaharlal Nehru Port and Kandla Port. NAFED’s Additional Managing Director SK Singh said that we have issued a tender for importing 15,000 tonnes of red onion. This will help in reducing the prices by increasing the onion supply in the domestic market. He said that the evaluation of the bids amount, quality and arrival date will be done.
NAFED said suppliers would have to ensure supply of fresh, well-dried and cured onions. The onion buffer stock was prepared by Nafed on behalf of the government, which is now slowly ending. Last year, NAFED not only imported onion itself but also distributed the onion with the help of MMTC. This year, NAFED intends to import onion through suppliers so that shipments can come quickly and domestic supplies improve.