Apart from selling onion, the government trading arm will introduce the sale of more products online.
Prices of the popular kitchen item went through the roof after India banned onion export on September 14 this year, prompting Bangladesh to import it from various countries to meet the demand.
Bangladesh’s annual demand for the popular kitchen item ranges between 2.2 and 2.5 million tonnes. Commerce Ministry figures show the amount imported was hardly 0.4 million tonnes in FY09, but had touched up to 1.1 million tonnes in recent years.
Jahangir Alam Shobhon, general manager of e-cab, said currently 10,000 metric tonnes of onion is being sold through online shops and the authorities concerned are making it easier to bring the onion to the doorsteps of consumers. People can purchase their daily grocery items easily from home.