India’s pulses exports rise by 18 per cent during Apr 17- Feb18

Outward-bound shipments of pulses from India rose by 18 per cent in volume during the April-February 2017-18 period to around 1.34 lakh tonnes against the corresponding previous year’s 1.13 lakh tonnes, as per provisional data released by the Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA).

Exports of pulses are beginning to look up after the government removed curbs on overseas shipments last November, after almost a decade. However, traders feel that Indian exporters may have to work hard to regain lost market share amid a global surplus.

Shipments for the period in terms of value were up by 15 per cent at $183 million against $158 million in the corresponding period last year. The export volumes are very low compared to the estimated production of 23.95 million tonnes.

Exports are unlikely to help stabilise domestic prices in the near term, as there is surplus supply in both domestic and international markets. Pulses such as chana dal and moong dal are being shipped, apart from kabuli chana.

Shekhar Ghosh is consulting editor, Indoasiancommodities.com. He has edited and written for publications like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today, Outlook and many other international publications. He can be reached at shekhar.ghosh@indoasiancommodities.in.

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