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

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

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