Krishi VaartaThe Economic Times
Due to low production, prices of pulses may also increase
New Delhi: Lower production this year may lead to an increase in pulses. To deal with this, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs has advised the Ministry of Commerce to increase the imports by removing the ban on the quantity of pulses imports.
According to the Ministry of Food, there is enough quantity of pulses to meet domestic needs, but any fluctuations can cause shortages. Banning imports will increase prices amid fears that pulses production may fall. In major producing states like Madhya Pradesh, about 50 per cent of the crop of Urad has been damaged. The standing crops of pulses have been badly affected by heavy rains.
The government had fixed a quota of four lakh tonnes for the import of arhar dal this year, which ends on November 15. The import date for urad and moong has already ended on 31 October.
According to a senior official of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, the price of pulses may rise. The retail price of pulses, especially arhar dal, has crossed Rs 100 per kg.
Source - Economic Times, 15 November 2019
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