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Govt to export arahar and Urad dal this year; No takers for Moong dal

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.

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