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Onions very important in Bangladeshi cuisine. The vegetable a staple in the country's cooking. However, many people are it difficult to onions. There is a shortage of them, which means prices have . Many Bangladeshis simply cannot afford to onions. Bangladesh traditionally onions from its neighbour India. Recent heavy monsoon rains in India a lot of India's onion harvest. This has made India ban exports to Bangladesh. The price of one kilogram of onions in Bangladeshi markets has from US36 cents to around $3.25. This is nearly a ten-fold increase. Bangladesh's opposition party has for nationwide protests over the record prices.

The onion crisis is so serious that even the Prime Minister has using it in her cooking. Sheikh Hasina Wazed said she is onion alternatives in her dishes. A limited number of onions on sale in several Dhaka markets at twice their usual price. Hundreds of people for hours to buy just one kilo. A 41-year-old English teacher said: "Even if I have to another two hours, I will do that. I can save money. I have never onion prices this high." A Dhaka resident said a lot of people in her neighbourhood have eating onions. She said: "It has been 15 days since I one kilo of onion." Many street-food sellers can no longer their onion-based snacks.

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