Pulses Import: There will be no less pulses in the food plate, the government is making arrangements in this way

Pulses Import: There will be no less pulses in the food plate, the government is making arrangements in this way

Pulses Import: The Central Government is continuously trying to meet the demand of pulses in India. The government had recently signed an agreement to import pulses from Mozambique, Malawi and Myanmar. Now India has turned to South American countries. The government has started talks with Argentina and Brazil in this regard. The Government of India is trying to cultivate tur and urad dal in these countries and give it to India. 

Consumption of pulses is very low in South American countries

According to sources, the progress of talks between India and Argentina is going in a good direction. India will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to buy pulses produced in these countries so that these pulses are not sold anywhere else. Recently Brazilian agriculture officials visited India. During this time India had discussed about this deal. The government is dependent on some countries for import of pulses. Now the government wants to end this dependence. Since, the consumption of pulses is very low in South American countries. Also, the weather is perfect for growing pulses. Therefore these countries are a good option for India. 

2.28 million tonnes of pulses were imported 

This year India has imported 2.28 million tonnes of pulses. This includes 1.08 million tonnes of lentils, 0.77 million tonnes of tur, 0.42 million tonnes of urad or black pulses. Most of this import has been from Australia, Canada, Myanmar, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sudan and Malawi. Brazil produces 3 million tonnes of pulses annually. This not only fulfills the domestic demand. It is also exported to Vietnam, Pakistan and Egypt. India is exploring possibilities in Ethiopia and Tanzania to meet the demand of tur dal. 

Adequate production of gram and moong

The production of gram and moong in the country meets the total consumption. We do not need to import it. The production of pulses has increased rapidly in India. But the demand is not being met. The government had recently lifted the ban on the import of tur, urad and lentils. Because due to shortage the prices started increasing in India. The government has to import about 15 percent of the total consumption in the country.

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