NEW DELHI: The government is dismissing fears of a fall in prices due to pulses import arguing that the quantities proposed to be shipped is small and, in any case, domestic production is lower than demand.
Officials sources clarified on Sunday that the move won’t affect farmers’ income citing the total availability of tur or arhar and urad overseas is barely 12 lakh tonnes. Even with free import, the quantity of these pulses shipped to India is unlikely to see a major jump. Sources said the entire availability of tur and urad in foreign countries is not going to be shipped in.
Farmers have been getting better prices than minimum support price in past couple of years as domestic production has been less than demand. As per estimates, India’s tur production is estimated at close to 39 lakh tonnes in 2021, while urad production is pegged at 24.5 lakh tonnes. The import of tur and urad is estimated at 4.4 lakh tones and 3.3 lakh tonnes, respectively.