The government of India on Monday banned the export of all varieties of onions with immediate effect. The move aims at increasing the availability and curbing prices of the commodity in the domestic market. "The export of all varieties of onions... is prohibited with immediate effect," the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification. The DGFT, an arm of the commerce ministry, deals with exports and imports-related issues. The provisions under transitional arrangement shall not be applicable under this notification. The ban comes at a time when the wholesale and retail price of onion in August fell 35% and 4%, respectively. In the national capital, onion prices were ruling at around Rs 40 per kilogram. India exported fresh onions worth $328 million and dried onions worth $112.3 million in FY20. Exports of onions shot up 158% to Bangladesh in the April-July period. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Gujarat are major onion producing states. It may be noted that 40 percent of the country's total onion crop is produced in the Kharif season and the rest during the rabi season. The Kharif crop, however, cannot be stored.