India's Onion exports during the first eight months of the current financial year has increased by 18% to 13.46 lakh tonnes, earning foreign currency worth Rs 2023 crore.
Maharashtra, a major exporting state, has recorded a marginal rise of 1% at 7.82 lakh tonnes, earning foreign worth Rs 1214 crore.
Sources in the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), which functions under the Union ministry of commerce and industry, said the bumper Onion production and incentives for exports have led to the rise.
Factors like change in port for shipment from Mumbai to Gujarat and Chennai, coupled with reduction in dependency on Maharashtra's Onion by other Onion growing states are some of the reason behind the marginal rise in exports from Maharashtra.
Also, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have contributed significantly to rise in Onion exports.