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Pulses traders demand ban on import quota in 2018-19

Pulses traders demand ban on import quota in 2018-19

March 13 2018


With prices of most pulses ruling below the minimum support price levels, processors and traders have demanded the government to stop even the restricted imports by end of March. India has imposed a quota of 5 million tonnes on annual import of pulses, which if not terminated, will add to the already mounting stocks in the country."We have requested the central government to immediately terminate the quota of 5 million tonne pulses import before the end of March," said Suresh Aggarwal, a leading processor of pulses. A delegation of the industry representatives met Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday requesting him to not allow import of another 5 million tonne pulses beginning April, 2018.Domestic prices of most pulses such as tur, moong and chana, which are being currently harvested, are ruling below the MSP levels, leading to continuing farmer unrest in the growing areas.


In August 2017, the government restricted import of tur, moong and urad. The free import of tur, moong and urad has been restricted by imposing quota of 2 million tonne import on tur and 3 million tonne on moong and urad taken together.Export of pulses, which was not allowed for more than a decade, was also freed up last year. However, both measures did not help much to support domestic prices.According to government estimates, India imported 4.7 million tonnes of pulses between April 2017 and November 2017, which is 71% of what the country had imported during 2016-17 fiscal, and 80.8% of what it had imported in 2015-16 fiscal."We have huge stock of pulses with the government as well as the traders in the country. If we continue to import pulses, it will be difficult for farmers to get MSP," said Aggarwal.



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