Krishi VaartaThe Economic Times
Government asked pulses millers to import pulses by 31 October
New Delhi: The government has asked pulses millers to import pulses by 31 October to ensure availability and control domestic prices. On Friday, Director General of Foreign Trade Alok Vardhan Chaturvedi met representatives of several millers associations to discuss the timely import of quota allocated for pulses, including arhar, moong and urad pulses. The meeting comes at a time when prices of pulses have risen due to rains in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, so the output is expected to fall.
Officials said that by October 31, they would be able to import 1,50,000 tonnes of moong and urad. However, it would be a bit difficult to import arhar at that time. Suresh Aggarwal, president of Indore-based All India Dal Mill Association, said, "We have asked the government to extend the time limit for re-allocating the import of arhar or additional quota of 1,00,000 tonnes."
According to industry data, out of 4,00,000 tonnes quota for arhar, 1,36,000 tonnes have already been imported. Moong and urad have been imported.
The government has allowed the import of 400,000 tonnes of tur this year.
Source: The Economic Times 12 October 2019
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