KUALA LUMPUR – The onions supply in the country is enough despite the export ban imposed by India with the exception of the Bangalore Rose and Krishnapuram onions.
India made the ban to support their domestic needs following the big flood in the country last July.
The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KDPNHEP) said, with that export ban, 121 companies importing onions in Malaysia have increased their import supplies from Pakistan, Thailand, Netherlands and China.
Minister of KPDNHEP, Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said, based on the current statistics, an average Malaysian consumes 17 kg of onion per year or 1.4kg per month.
Thus, the average onion consumption of Malaysians per month is 35,971,671 kg.
“The ministry has never received any complaints on the onion supplies throughout 2020.
“However, scheduled monitoring is carried out to ensure that the onions supply in the market is sufficient,” he said in a statement today.
The total number of onions import in Malaysia from January 2020 until August 2020 is 340,202,285 kg or an average of 42,525,285 kg per month.
There are 24 countries exporting onions to Malaysia with India, Pakistan, China, Netherlands and Thailand being the biggest exporters. –MalaysiaGazette