PH to import red onions from China

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) – The Department of Agriculture said it is looking to import red onions from China and other countries in an effort to bring down the prices of the basic commodity.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar, in his first briefing for this year on Friday, said that he allowed the importation of red onions and the release of the produce to domestic markets while it is still off-season, which is until mid-February.

Dar said that this is to protect the livelihood of Philippine onion farmers.

"The red onions can only be brought in until mid-February so that it would not be in competition with the main harvest time which would start in March."

Based on the agriculture department's price monitoring of red onions as of January 3, red onions are sold at ₱200 per kilogram or ₱14 per piece in selected supermarkets in Metro Manila.

Last week, retailers in Pasay Public Market, Quinta Market, Sangandaan Market, Blumentritt Market and Susano Novaliches Market sold the agricultural produce at ₱180 to ₱260 per kilo.

In some grocery stores in Metro Manila, onions cost ₱150 to ₱200 as of December 25.