New Delhi, Dec 5: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said that she doesn't eat much of onion or garlic and hailed from a family where these two vegetables were not much in use.
Her remarks about personal eating habits came while responding to interruptions by some opposition members at a time when she was speaking on the onion issue.
"I don't eat much of onion-garlic. I come from such a family which doesn't have much to do with onion", she said.
Prior to it, Lok Sabha MP Supriya Sule had raised the issue of NPAs and onion farmers.
"Why has the production of onion gone down? We export rice and milk and so many other products. Onion grower is a small farmer and he really needs to be protected", Sule had said.
After making a brief admission about not consuming much of onion, Sitharaman elaborated on government's policy for the benefit of onion farmers.
"From 2014, I have been part of some group of ministers which monitors the up's and down in onion market. Sometimes when there is a surplus of the crop, we have also facilitated by giving support to those people who want to import. I have overnight passed orders for helping with 5 to 7 per cent assistance for exporting", she said.
Sitharaman, who was replying to the debate on the first batch of supplementary demands for grants for 2019-20 also said that onion price surge was due to factors such as a reduction in the area of cultivation and production.
'I don't eat a lot of onion, garlic,' says Sitharaman amid debate over price rise