Our Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD - Export of Pakistani onion has come to a virtual halt during last one month on account of resumption of Indian onion export as India has been a major supplier to majority of the countries of the region. Following the new development, wholesale rates of the quality onion currently stand at Rs 4 to Rs 5 per kg and low quality at Rs 3 to Rs 4 per kg respectively, making the selling price of the vegetable far lower against production cost. Moreover, on account of Sindh bumper crop during the current season, it has virtually become impossible for the farmers to keep a check on declining rates. On average, farmers are suffering an amount of Rs 7 to Rs 8 on one kg of the their produce, but due to lack of storage facilities in the country, sellers are compelled to sell their products in the market at lower rates keeping in view the vegetables short shelf life. Ahmad Jawad Chief Executive Officer of Harvest Tradings blamed the situation on the successive governments, which failed to develop any mechanism that could have helped end storage of one of the most demanded vegetables of every kitchen. Jawad further emphasised that unlike Pakistan, Indian farmers have much better storage facilities, as they can store their onion produce for 6 months with support of their government, which has developed proper arrangements for 5 to 6 months storage of bumper crop of any perishable item. During this period, export process continues without any hindrance giving Indian exporters an edge over other exporting countries of the region. In Pakistan, farmers can store their perishable items specially onion for a period as short as 8 to 10 days and they are exposed to the risk of devastation of their crop in case of rain and other natural calamity.