The central government has issued a notification on the import of pulses for another year. The Wholesale Green and Seeds Merchant Association, Secretary, Pratap Motwani has praised the decision taken by the government and said that in the present times, the support prices of all the pulses being low, the farmers were quite dissatisfied. The notification time expires on March 31st.
According to Mr. Motwani, the government has to commence the procurement of the pulses from the farmers as per the support prices. With the ban on the import, the farmers would get the right price for their produce.
With elections around the corner, the government should not upset the farmers at all. Therefore, the government has issued the notification on Saturday itself, through which they have extended the ban on import for one year, which includes Chana (Bengal gram), Tuar (Pigeon pea), Urad (Black gram) and peas until March 31, 2020.
As per Mr. Motwani, the government has fixed the import quota of 1.5 lac tons of Matar (Peas), 2 lac tons of Tuar, 1.5 lac tons of Urad and 1.5 lac tons of Moong up until next year. This decision would bring a huge relief to the farmers, Motwani said. He also pointed out that, the government should procure the produce from the farmers as per the support price and it should not import these just for the sake of storage, since it does not do any justice to the farmers then.