New Delhi, June 16: Despite overflowing godowns, the central government has allotted quotas for import of pulses and is enforcing an additional import agreement with Mozambique.
The development comes at a time when domestic stocks are at their peak, domestic production is expected to be high and prices are reducing.
According to the Hindu report, Farmers and millers are unhappy with the situation, but the government says it is balancing the needs of Indian consumers and commitments to foreign trade partners on the one hand and the interests of Indian peasants on the other.
On the related note, the Directorate-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) held a meeting on Monday, during which the final allocations of import quotas — totalling two lakh tonnes of tur or arhar dal, and 1.5 lakh tonnes each of moong and urad — were made.
Those amounts show a quantitative restriction that was imposed on pulses imports in August last year in response to a glut in domestic supply and decreasing prices, which continues this year.
“The government has stock, traders have stock, millers have stock, and farmers have stock, so there is a surplus. We don’t understand why the government is insisting on import…we may be able to meet only 40-50% of our quotas”. A senior official at the DGFT insisted that according to the terms of the allocation, import quotas must be met by August end.
As a good monsoon forecast is expected, the Agriculture Commissioner predicts domestic pulses production of 24 million tonnes in 2018-19.
However, earlier in May, the DGFT issued a notice exempting pulses imports from Mozambique from the restrictions.