To control the rising prices of onion, the government is importing 11,000 tonnes of the staple vegetable from Turkey.
Sources from government on Sunday said that the MMTC has signed a second import order for this and the consignment will reach the country by end of December or the first week of January.
The MMTC is arranging imports of onions from various countries, including Turkey, the sources said.
The Department of Consumer Affairs had asked MMTC to place an order to check the price rise of onions. The consignment will begin arriving from late this month or early January.
The 11,000 metric tonnes is in addition to 6,090 tonnes arriving from Egypt in the middle of this month.
A committee, under Home Minister Amit Shah, and comprising the Finance, Consumer Affairs, Agriculture and Surface Transport Ministers, had been set up to keep a watch on onion prices.
Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the government is making all efforts to ensure that onion prices are moderated across the nation.