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    Consumer affairs ministry seeks removal of import bar to check pulses price hike

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    This year, the government has allowed 400,000 tonnes of tur dal import and the window closes on Friday. The import window for urad and moong closed on October 31. “Like onion, pulses may also see a steep price rise. Delay in allowing imports will not help,” said the consumer affairs ministry official.

    Prices of pulses, especially tur dal, have crossed the Rs 100 a kilogram.
    New Delhi: The consumer affairs ministry has recommended removal of quantitative restrictions on import of pulses to preempt any price rise because of low production, a senior official said.

    This year, the government has allowed 400,000 tonnes of tur dal import and the window closes on Friday. The import window for urad and moong closed on October 31. “Like onion, pulses may also see a steep price rise. Delay in allowing imports will not help,” said the consumer affairs ministry official.

    Prices of pulses, especially tur dal, have crossed the Rs 100 a kilogram. As per the food ministry, the availability of pulses is just enough to meet the domestic requirement and any deviation will result in shortage.

    “We need more supply through imports to ease pressure. Restrictions on imports make sense when production is ample. But in such a situation, when pulses output is estimated to be low, restrictions will increase prices,” the official said.

    The domestic demand for pulses has been pegged at 25.4 million tonnes (MT) for this year. The availability of the commodity in the country is about 25.6 MT, including the buffer stock of 0.8 MT of tur and 1.5 MT of chana.

    “Crops of pulses, including tur, are reportedly damaged due to excessive rain in Karnataka and Maharashtra. We will need imports to cool prices,” the official said. Urad is in an alarming position with almost 50% of the crop damaged in the major growing states of Madhya Pradesh in excessive rain.

    “India’s pulses imports are expected to jump significantly to meet the deficit. We are waiting for the government to open up imports,” said Zaverchand Bheda, chairman of the Indian Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA).

    The government is monitoring the price of pulses and has asked the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India and Mother Dairy to sell pulses at Rs 85 a kg in the retail market.
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    2 Comments on this Story

    Prof Manohar Lal262 days ago
    You the policy maker of India aka Babus have broken the spine of Indian farmers 3 years back when you hurriedly entered long term agreements with Mozambique and other african nations to grow Tur dal when their prices touched Rs. 150 due to lopsided pricing induced week sowing patterns. Rice has grown from Rs. 20-25 /kg range to Rs. 50-70 kg and you want farmers to sell pulses at just similar prices.....you keep destroying the farmers interests this way once again. Let consumers get used to pay for pulses and dals atleast 3 times the price they pay for their staple rice
    Ramesh Shah262 days ago
    EVERYTHING IMPOERTED is the current situation.....why the government hesitant for the. FM from abroad..,.. the present FM seems ignorant of any domestic problems..... just for names sake the FM is there......... the government requires FM for NBFC insolvency NPAS N in all 9 different the FM S.....
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