Gets GoI to lift Export ban on KP Onions
In a major win for the farmers of Kadapa and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh, the government of India recently lifted the ban on the exports of Krishnapuram onions.
Krishnapuram onions are a unique set of onions grown in the southern part of Andhra Pradesh and although don’t seem to have much demand in India are very popular in south eastern countries.
This lifting of the ban came after Mr Vijayasai Reddy had in parliament asked the centre to lift the export ban on these varieties of onions as the ban was hurting the farmers. He also went on to clarify that these onions are primarily used for exports and dint have many takers in India.
The government took cognizance of this fact and lifted the ban. In a DGFT notification dated Feb 6th 2020 it stated ‘The export shipment of Krishnapuram onion shall be allowed only through Chennai port and export to be completed by 31st march 2020’. It further stated an exporter shall get a certificate from the assistant director, horticulture, Kadapa, GoAP certifying the quantity of Krishnapuram onion for export purpose. This certificate shall be registered by the exporter at the office of zonal additional DGFT, Chennai.
‘I thank the minister of commerce and industry Mr Piyush Goyal for immediately and positively responding to the issue raised by me in Rajya Sabha’ said Mr Reddy in his twitter handle.