State Trading Organization STO says it has no difficulties in getting onions from India amid reports that India has excluded the Maldives from the select list of countries for which it would lift its onion ban.

Reports from India stated that the Indian government has selected a few countries that would be exempt from its December ban on onion export which expires on the 31st of March this year.

The countries include South Asian neighbors like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan as well as Bahrain and Mauritius.

Looking to quell concerns about the reports from India, STO assured that it had no difficulties getting onions from India. It also said that looking at the market trend of the past three months, the price of onions has been dropping.

STO further said that it was preparing for the upcoming Ramadan so that there would be no shortage of staple food items during the holy month.

India, the world's second-largest onion exporter, halted exports last December due to a shortage in its local market following bad crops in major farming areas. This led to a price spike in the neighboring countries as onions are a staple in most Asian countries.