First planeload of onion arrives


Staff Reporter:

A cargo aircraft carrying imported onion from Pakistan arrived here on Wednesday evening.

The aircraft of Silk Way Airlines, Azerbaijani private cargo airline, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 7:15pm, said Airport Civil Aviation Director (Security) Group Captain AHM Towhid-Ul Ahsan.

It was learnt that a private importer brought 81.5 tonnes of onion from Karachi by the cargo aircraft.

Another aircraft of Saudi Airlines carrying onion from Egypt is scheduled to land at the airport in the early hours of Thursday.

On Tuesday, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said a total of 50,000 metric tonnes of onion are being imported by air to cool down the overheated onion market.

The prices of onion started to jump high after September 29, when the Indian government banned onion export with immediate effect till further order for what it said of improving domestic availability.unb


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