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Onions are very [important / importance] in Bangladeshi cuisine. The vegetable is a [stable / staple] in the country's cooking. However, many people are [finding / funding] it difficult to buy onions. There is a [shortening / shortage] of them, which means prices have [rocketed / shipped] . Many Bangladeshis simply cannot [effort / afford] to buy onions. Bangladesh traditionally imports onions from its neighbour India. Recent [heavy / heavily] monsoon rains in India damaged a lot of India's onion [harvest / harvested] . This has made India ban exports to Bangladesh. The price of one kilogram of onions in Bangladeshi markets has [arisen / risen] from US36 cents to around $3.25. This is nearly a ten-fold increase. Bangladesh's opposition party has called for nationwide protests [over / higher] the record prices.

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

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