The Centre has given clearance for export of
Arahar and Urad dal in view of the bumper crop expected this year. It is also
trying to export Moon dal but there are not many takers for this commodity in
the international market according to sources.
From being a net importer of pulses for the past
several years, India is now looking at the possibility of exporting them as the
country is sitting on huge stocks, which it needs to dispose of. It has also
decided to procure pulses in a big way to ensure farmers get the minimum
assured price. .
Consumer Affairs Ministry, which has stocked over
18 million tonnes of pulses, has asked government's trading company Metals and
Minerals Trading Corporation (MMTC) to explore the possibility of exporting
moong dal to foreign countries. MMTC has been asked to float tenders. Government
agencies have stock of more than 1.5 lakh tonnes of moong dal and these need to
be sold off quickly since the shelf life is less in comparison to arhar.
Only Nafed has procured fresh tranche of 40,000
tons of moong dal. There are not takers for Moong dal in the international
market since no other country consumes it. It can only be exported to countries
where there is considerable presence of Non Resident Indians like United
States, United Kingdom and Canada.
The government has identified agencies including
Railways, Defense forces, Central paramilitary forces and Safal to together
lift about one lakh tonnes consumption in a year.
Moreover, plans for disposal of another 10 lakh
tonnes through government agencies, open market sale and providing pulses at
subsidised rates to states have also been planned. The government has also
allowed export of arhar and urad.