Imrul Hossain for DOT
 Tons of onions have vanished within a short time from Khatunganj wholesale market in Chattogram city, reported Prothom Alo, Somoy TV, Jago News.
 The recent ban on onion export slapped by India has triggered instability in the country’s largest commodity hub.  The traders apprehended that the price will shoot up further unless huge consignments are not imported.  Visiting different retail markets in Dhaka, it was found that the indigenous variety of onion was being sold at Tk 90-100 per kg while the Indian variety was being sold at Tk 70-75 per kg.  However, the indigenous variety was sold at Tk 60-65 per kg while the imported onion was sold at Tk 50-55 per kg. The retailers put it down to the price hike in the wholesale markets.  Md Sohel, a trader of Hazipara Bou Bazar in Malibag said that the price may go up to Tk 150 tomorrow.  Meanwhile, getting hint of a possible export ban by India, the traders of the country initiated the process well ahead to import onions from alternative countries. So far, the traders have taken permission from the authorities concerned to import 12,000 tons of onions from five countries. According to Chittagong Plant Quarantine Station (Sea Port), 24 enterprises have so far taken permission for importing nions from China, Myanmar, Pakistan, Egypt, and Turkey.
The ban on onion export slapped by India has already triggered a price hike in both wholesale and retail markets in Chittagong.