The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister
Narendra Modi has given its approval for Export of all types of pulses to
ensure that farmers have greater choice in marketing their produce and in
getting better remuneration for their produce on November 16th.
The CCEA also empowered the Committee chaired by Secretary, Department of
Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) to review the export/import policy on
pulses and consider measures such as quantitative restrictions, prior
registration and changes in import duties depending on domestic production and
demand, domestic and international prices and international trade volumes.
Opening of export of all types of pulses will help the farmer to dispose
off their products at remunerative prices and also encourage them to expand the
area of sowing. Export of pulses would provide an alternative market for the
surplus production of pulses. Allowing export of pulses will also help the
country and its exporters to regain their markets.
It is expected that pulses production will be sustained in the country and
our import dependence on pulses will come down substantially. This is also
likely to provide higher levels of protein to the population and work towards
nutritional security. The integration with global supply chain is also likely
to help our farmers in adopting good agricultural practices and better
In 2016-17 production year, the Indian farmers have lived up to the
challenge of reducing India's import dependence on pulses and have produced 23
million tons of pulses. The Government has taken a number of steps to sustain
the high pulses production by our farmers. The Government has procured 20 lakh
tons of pulses by ensuring minimum support price or market rates, whichever is
higher, directly from the farmers and this has been the highest ever
procurement of pulses.
The production of pulses in 2016-17 has been very encouraging and is the
highest ever till date. Government has supported the farmers by providing
attractive Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the pulses and public procurement of
pulses to the tune of 20 lakh tonnes.
The domestic production of pulses during 2016-17 was 22.95 million tonnes.
The Chana Dal (Gram) production was 9.33 million tonnes as compared to 7.06
million tonnes in 2015-16 showing a growth of 32 per cent. The production of
other rabi pulses (includes Masoor Dal (Lentil) etc.) for 2016-17 was 3.02
million tonnes as compared to 2.47 million tonnes in 2015-16 showing a growth
of 22 per cent. For the year 2017-18, the Government has fixed a target of
22.90 million tonnes of pulses production.