India receives 13,000 tonnes of imported pulses as part of efforts to lower prices

Some 13,000 tonnes of imported pulses have arrived in India, a government statement said, as part of the country’s efforts to lower domestic prices at a time when demand far outpaces production.

It said another 6,000 tonnes were about reach Indian ports, which will add to large quantities the government has procured from local producers in its attempt to create buffer stocks after two straight years of drought.

The statement said imports included 11,000 tonnes of tur and 2,000 tonnes of urad.

Besides contracted import of 38,000 tonnes of pulses, government agencies had also procured 51,000 tonnes during kharif and 60,000 tonnes from the rabi crops.

The statement said state Governments have been urged to seek allocation of pulses from the buffer stock to sell at reasonable prices which should not be more than Rs. 120 /kg. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Telangana states have been allocated some quantity on receiving their requests. Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Telangana are reportedly further subsidising the prices for the benefit of consumers., the statement added.

India’s the world’s biggest producer of pulses, but is forced to import as its domestic demand far outstrips production that is estimated at 17.33 million tonnes in 2015-16 crop year, marginally higher that previous year’s output of 17.15 million tonnes.

 

 

 

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