Onions from India have gained fame worldwide for their pungency and good quality. In the last five years, however, erratic weather and shifting policies on export have left the country behind others.
Countries such as China and Pakistan are fast catching up with India in quality and increase in cultivation.
India ranked second among the top 10 onion exporting countries for several years. According to officials from APMC, Nashik, India now ranks fourth in onion export in the world.
Earlier China ranked first followed by India. Now China ranks first and countries such as the Netherlands, Mexico, Spain and Pakistan have joined the race.
In the last five years, onion exports from the country has taken a downward turn. In 2014-15, only 10.86 lakh tonne of onions have been exported. The decline has been as much as 20% compared to the previous year.