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Select pulses up on good demand

Select pulses rose by up to Rs 100 per quintal at the wholesale pulses market today due to pick up in demand from retailers and dal mills.

Traders said besides upsurge in demand from retailers and dal mills, fall in supplies from producing regions mainly pushed up select pulses prices.

In the national capital, arhar and its dal dara variety went up by Rs 50 and Rs 100 to Rs 4,100 and Rs 5,700-7,600 per quintal, respectively.

Masoor small and bold also edged up by Rs 50 each to Rs 3,550-3,750 and Rs 3,700-3,800 per quintal, espectively. Its dal local and best quality traded higher by Rs 100 each to Rs 3,900-4,300 and Rs 4,000-4,400 per quintal.
Malka local and best too seen in retailers demand and edged higher by Rs 50 each to Rs 4,000-4,200 and Rs 4,100-4,400 per quintal respectively.

Following are today’s pulses’ rates (in Rs per quintal): Urad Rs 3,650-4,850, Urad Chilka (local) Rs 4,200-4,300,Urad best Rs 4,300-4,800, Dhoya Rs 4,700-4,900, Moong Rs 5,000-5,500, Dal Moong Chilka local Rs 5,600-5,800, Moong Dhoya local Rs 6,200-6,700 and best quality Rs 6,700-6,900.

Masoor small Rs 3,550-3,750, bold Rs 3,700-3,800, Dal Masoor local Rs 3,900-4,300, best quality Rs 4,000-4,400, Malka local Rs 4,000-4,200, best Rs 4,100-4,400, Moth Rs 3,600-4,000, Arhar Rs 4,100 Dal Arhar Dara Rs 5,700-7,600.

Gram Rs 3,750-3,850, Gram dal (local) Rs 3,800-4,200,

best quality Rs 4,200-4,300, Besan (35 kg), Shakti bhog Rs 1,800, Rajdhani Rs 1,800, Rajma Chitra Rs 5,900-7,900, Kabuli Gram small Rs 4,000-5,000, Dabra Rs 2,700-2,800, Imported Rs 4,700-5,100, LobiaRs 3,400-3,600, Peas white Rs 3,200-3,250 and green Rs 3,350-3,450.

Source :http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/select-pulses-up-on-good-demand-118051500563_1.html

Commerce ministry invites bids for pulses imports

The commerce ministry today invited applications from millers and refiners of pulses for import of a certain amount of pigeon pea, urad and moong dal for the current fiscal.

“Application process for import of 2 lakh tonnes of pigeon peas/toor dal and 1.5 lakh tonnes for urad and 1.5 lakh tonnes for moong is laid down,” the directorate general of foreign trade (DGFT) said in a trade notice.

It said that the applications will be received between May 12 and May 25 this year.

“The allocation of quota to each applicant shall be notified on June 1…The total available quota for each category will be distributed equally or the applied quantity, whichever is lower, amongst eligible millers/refiners,” it said.

The quota, however, will be issued with the condition that importers will complete their imports by August 31 this year.

Further, it said that license holders would have to submit statements indicating the actual arrival of shipments at the Indian ports.

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Source : http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/commerce-ministry-invites-bids-for-pulses-imports-118051101250_1.html

India’s curbs on import of pulses: US, Australia, EU raise concerns at WTO

A commerce ministry official says India defended the restrictions on import of pulses as they are compliant with WTO rules

New Delhi: Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) including the US, Canada, Australia, European Union and Japan have raised concern over India’s quantitative restrictions on import of pulses.

India capped imports of green gram (moong) and black matpe (urad) at 300,000 tonnes and that of pigeon peas (arhar) at 200,000 tonnes in August in the wake of domestic harvest and concerns over the slump in prices of traditional pulses.

The issue came up in a 20 April meeting of the committee on import licensing at the WTO with countries alleging that quantitative restrictions by India on import of pulses distort global prices and put the future of farmers across many countries in peril. India has been the largest producer, as well as traditionally the largest importer of pulses to ensure steady supply of the protein-rich diet to its citizens.

A commerce ministry official speaking under condition of anonymity said India defended the import restrictions as they are compliant with WTO rules. “However, India promised to notify the quota allocations and procedures for 2018 and 2019 soon for the benefit of other countries,” the official said.

India’s agriculture ministry has projected that production of pulses would touch a record 24 million tonnes in 2017-18, up from 23 million tonnes the year before.

While WTO mandates elimination of quantitative restrictions covering all import- and export-related measures, exceptions are allowed under specific circumstances such as to safeguard the balance of payments, to protect an industry at an early stage of development or to prevent sudden increases in imports.

India’s decisions in November to raise import duties on pulses by up to 50% and put stringent fumigation requirements have also irked pulse exporting countries. Canada even raised the matter bilaterally during the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India in April.

Canada used to supply pulses of around $1 billion to India every year. India gave less time to Canada to comply with the new fumigation norms compared to the US and Australia, prompting complaints of discrimination.

“We are extremely concerned over India’s increase in duties by 50% of all imported peas without providing any advance notice. The Prime Minister will undoubtedly be raising it at the first opportunity he gets,” Canadian agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay told the House of Commons in November after India’s decision.

A joint statement issued after the meeting between Trudeau and Modi in February this year promised to finalize “mutually acceptable technological protocols” within 2018 to enable the export of Canadian pulses to India free from pests of quarantine importance.

Source :https://www.livemint.com/Politics/WH8ApBkmBV6g5CAl5nQ77K/Indias-curbs-on-import-of-pulses-US-Australia-EU-raise-c.html

Centre restricts import of yellow peas for 3 months

The Commerce Ministry has amended the import policy of Yellow Peas (Pisum sativum) putting it on the restricted list through a notification on April 25, 2018.

Peas import, previously on the free list, has now been restricted for three months from April 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018.

During this period, a maximum of one lakh tonne is allowed including the quantity already imported in April so far.

This means the quantity that has arrived as of the date of notification and shipments backed by irrevocable commercial letters of credit and advance payment made through banks before this date are exempted, the notification said.

With this, yellow peas — on which the Centre had levied 50 per cent import duty last year — joins the list of pulses put on the restricted list since August 2017 in a bid to arrest declining prices of pulses.

Previously, in separate notifications it restricted tur (pigeon pea), urad (black matpe) and moong (green moong).

Source : https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/agri-business/centre-restricts-import-of-yellow-peas-for-3-months/article23701158.ece

India’s pulses exports rise by 18 per cent during Apr 17- Feb18

13 April 2018, 10:00AM

Outward-bound shipments of pulses from India rose by 18 per cent in volume during the April-February 2017-18 period to around 1.34 lakh tonnes against the corresponding previous year’s 1.13 lakh tonnes, as per provisional data released by the Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA).

Exports of pulses are beginning to look up after the government removed curbs on overseas shipments last November, after almost a decade. However, traders feel that Indian exporters may have to work hard to regain lost market share amid a global surplus.

Shipments for the period in terms of value were up by 15 per cent at $183 million against $158 million in the corresponding period last year. The export volumes are very low compared to the estimated production of 23.95 million tonnes.

Exports are unlikely to help stabilise domestic prices in the near term, as there is surplus supply in both domestic and international markets. Pulses such as chana dal and moong dal are being shipped, apart from kabuli chana.

Source :https://www.indoasiancommodities.com/2018/04/18/indias-pulses-exports-rise-18-per-cent-apr-17-feb18/

As procurement deadline nears, tur growers in Maharashtra stare at Rs 1,067-crore loss

Tur growers in Maharashtra are staring at a cumulative loss of Rs 1,067 crore as the commodity is trading well below the government-mandated Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 5,400. Government procurement at the 180 centres is about to end on April 18 and growers in Maharashtra have little hope of price recovery towards the end of the season.

Tur had grabbed headlines in 2016 when prices of the lentil had crossed the Rs 6,000 per quintal-mark at Latur’s Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC). Continuous drought in the main tur growing region of Marthwada has escalated the prices. However, given the bumper crop in 2016-17, prices of the commodity had all but crashed. Despite a record procurement of over 7 lakh tonnes last year, prices had remained below the MSP level. Also, for the kharif season, prices started below the MSP levels as the old stock still remains unutilsed.

Forecasts by the state agriculture department had put the production of tur at 9.83 lakh tonnes (lt), of which NAFED was to procure around 4.5 lt under its Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF) scheme. Till Tuesday, the state has procured a little over 1.62 lt of tur from 1.33 lakh farmers. Tur, being a kharif crop, is normally harvested after October with farmers preferring to hold up their produce for better prices for a few months before offloading the same.

The normal average price tur fetched in most of the markets was around Rs 4,250 per quintal. Thus, farmers got Rs 1,150 lesser than the MSP. The cumulative loss to farmers in the state, therefore, works out to be Rs 1,067 crores. With NAFED’s procurement deadline ending on April 18, chances of any price increase are dim. Sources in the department of marketing said they were optimistic that the deadline for procurement would be extended. “We have written for an extension of 1.5 month to meet our targets,” said the official.

The Maharashtra State Cooperative Marketing Federation has around 2.2 lakh tonnes of tur in its warehouses. Tenders have been floated to mill the whole tur and convert it into tur daal, which the government hopes to sell through public distribution systems. Given the huge stock, trade sources have ruled out any price correction in the next few months.

Ajit Navale of the All India Kisan Sabha has attributed the loss to “lack of proper planning”. “Farmers will be discouraged to grow tur the next season and its long-term effects will be faced in the retail markets too,” he said.

Source : http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/as-procurement-deadline-nears-tur-growers-in-maharashtra-stare-at-rs-1067-crore-loss/

Pulses remain steady in thin trade

13 April 2018, 10:00AM

New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) There was not much activity at the wholesale pulses market today with prices moving in a narrow range in scattered deals and settling at previous levels.
Traders said ample stocks position against sporadic demand mainly kept pulses prices unaltered.

Following are today’s pulses’ rates (in Rs per quintal): Urad Rs 3,850-5,150, Urad Chilka (local) Rs 4,700-4,800,Urad best Rs 4,800-5,300, Dhoya Rs 5,200-5,400, Moong Rs 4,800-5,500, Dal Moong Chilka local Rs 5,600-5,800, Moong Dhoya local Rs 6,200-6,700 and best quality Rs 6,700-6,900.

Masoor small Rs 3,550-3,700, bold Rs 3,650-3,800, Dal Masoor local Rs 3,900-4,300, best quality Rs 4,000-4,400, Malka local Rs 3,950-4,150, best Rs 4,050-4,350, Moth Rs 3,600-4,000, Arhar Rs 4,250 Dal Arhar Dara Rs 6,000-7,900.

Gram Rs 3,900-4,000, Gram dal (local) Rs 4,000-4,400, best quality Rs 4,400-4,500, Besan (35 kg), Shakti bhog Rs 1,900, Rajdhani Rs 1,900, Rajma Chitra Rs 6,200-8,200, Kabuli Gram small Rs 4,900-5,900, Dabra Rs 2,700-2,800, Imported Rs 4,700-5,100, Lobia Rs 3,400-3,600, Peas white Rs 3,025-3,050 and green Rs 3,125-3,225.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Source :http://www.india.com/news/agencies/pulses-remain-steady-in-thin-trade-2-2987016/

Select pulses strengthen on rising demand

New Delhi, Mar 27 (PTI) Prices of select pulses, led by kabuli gram, advanced by up to Rs 100 per quintal at the wholesale pulses market today on increased offtake by stockists backed by rising demand from dal mills and retailers.

Traders said increased buying by stockists, driven by surging demand from dal mills and retailers against restricted arrivals from producing belts mainly led to a rise in prices of kabuli gram and other pulses.

In the national capital, kabuli gram small variety shot up by Rs 100 to Rs 4,600-5,600 per quintal.

Gram also edged higher by Rs 50 to Rs 3,800-3,900, while its dal local and best quality traded higher by Rs 100 each to Rs 3,800-4,200 and Rs 4,200-4,300 per quintal, respectively.

Masoor small and bold inched up by Rs 50 each to Rs 3,400-3,550 and Rs 3,500-3,650 per quintal. Its dal local and best quality followed suit and enquired higher by Rs 100 each to Rs 3,600-4,000 and Rs 3,700-4,100 per quintal.

Malka local and best quality too advanced by Rs 50 each to Rs 3,950-4,150 and Rs 4,050-4,350 per quintal.

Following are today’s pulses’ rates (in Rs per quintal): Urad Rs 3,750-5,050, Urad Chilka (local) Rs 4,600-4,700, Urad best Rs 4,700-5,200, Dhoya Rs 5,100-5,300, Moong Rs 4,600-5,300, Dal Moong Chilka local Rs 5,400-5,600, Moong Dhoya local Rs 6,000-6,500 and best quality Rs 6,500-6,700.

Masoor small Rs 3,400-3,550, bold Rs 3,500-3,650, Dal Masoor local Rs 3,600-4,000, best quality Rs 3,700-4,100, Malka local Rs 3,950-4,150, best Rs 4,050-4,350, Moth Rs 3,500-3,900, Arhar Rs 4,150 Dal Arhar Dara Rs 5,800-7,700.

Gram Rs 3,800-3,900, Gram dal (local) Rs 3,800-4,200, best quality Rs 4,200-4,300, Besan (35 kg), Shakti bhog Rs 1,900, Rajdhani Rs 1,900, Rajma Chitra Rs 6,000-8,000, Kabuli Gram small Rs 4,600-5,600, Dabra Rs 2,700-2,800, Imported Rs 4,700-5,100, Lobia Rs 3,400-3,600, Peas white Rs 2,825-2,850 and green Rs 2,925-3,025.

Source : http://www.india.com/news/agencies/select-pulses-strengthen-on-rising-demand-2-2966278/

Kabuli Chana import duty increases up to 60%

27 March 2018, 10:00AM

To restrict imports and aid proper remuneration to local farmers who cultivate Kabuli Chana, the government raised import duty on it to 60 percent from 40 percent.

All India Dal Mills Association president said, “Imports were killing the local farmers, who were not able to sell their produce due to cheaper imports, and they are not even getting the minimum support price for their produce due to large amount of imported Chana coming into the country from Australia and Canada”.

Madhya Pradesh is the leading producer of pulses in the country with a share of 35-40 percent in the total production. Due to higher production estimate of Chana this year, prices have fallen to Rs 35 per kg as against Rs 55 per kg about three months ago.

Farmers have shifted from wheat to Chana this year expecting better prices. According to the statistics from the agriculture department, farmers have sown wheat on over 5.75 lakh hectare while Chana has been sown on 4.75 lakh hectare.

Source :https://www.commodityonline.com/commodity-news/kabuli-chana-import-duty-increases-up-to-60/news-now/19772

Pulses traders demand ban on import quota in 2018-19

PUNE:With prices of most pulses ruling below the minimum support price levels, processors and traders have demanded the government to stop even the restricted imports by end of March. India has imposed a quota of 5 million tonnes on annual import of pulses, which if not terminated, will add to the already mounting stocks in the country.

“We have requested the central government to immediately terminate the quota of 5 million tonne pulses import before the end of March,” said Suresh Aggarwal, a leading processor of pulses. A delegation of the industry representatives met Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday requesting him to not allow import of another 5 million tonne pulses beginning April, 2018.

Domestic prices of most pulses such as tur, moong and chana, which are being currently harvested, are ruling below the MSP levels, leading to continuing farmer unrest in the growing areas.

In August 2017, the government restricted import of tur, moong and urad. The free import of tur, moong and urad has been restricted by imposing quota of 2 million tonne import on tur and 3 million tonne on moong and urad taken together.

Export of pulses, which was not allowed for more than a decade, was also freed up last year. However, both measures did not help much to support domestic prices.

According to government estimates, India imported 4.7 million tonnes of pulses between April 2017 and November 2017, which is 71% of what the country had imported during 2016-17 fiscal, and 80.8% of what it had imported in 2015-16 fiscal.

Source : https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/pulses-traders-demand-ban-on-import-quota-in-2018-19/articleshow/63284043.cms


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13 March 2018, 6:00PM

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Source :https://factsweek.com/254461/pigeon-pea-market-analysis-share-and-size-trends-industry-growth-and-segment-forecasts-to-2022/


Government to save Rs 1,600 crore a year in foodgrain procurement post GST

Pressured by the domestic market conditions — large harvests, low prices over the last one year — the Centre recently lifted the prohibition on export of all varieties of pulses. A blanket ban on pulses export was imposed over ten years ago in 2007 as a knee-jerk reaction to rising domestic prices then.

In response to trade representation, one variety, Kabuli chickpea, was exempted from the ban. In recent years, Kabuli chickpea shipments averaged around two lakh tonnes (lt). Prior to total ban, India used to export respectable quantities of pulses — mainly masur (lentil) and to a less extent tur/arhar (pigeon pea), urad (black matpe) and moong (green gram).

Indian pulses were quite popular in overseas markets, especially in countries with large expatriate Indian population.

A tough fight

With India out of reckoning for ten long years, new origins have entered the world market with aggressive export plans. Myanmar and East African nations are relatively new entrants to the pulses export market and their volumes started to increase with expansion of India’s import needs. Now, it is not going to be a cakewalk for Indian pulses in the overseas markets. There is already fierce competition among various supplying countries: Canada, Australia, Russia, Ukraine, the US and others to garner a larger share of the limited export pie , especially after India imposed import restrictions. No wonder, export offer prices are dropping by the day.

Admittedly, India will find it tough to re-enter the market after a long hiatus as it will be bogged down by credibility issue. Indeed, there is a loss of confidence about the stability of the country’s trade policies. Reliability of steady supplies is in doubt.

Export surplus

Another question that arises is whether India has genuine export surplus. Despite two back-to-back bumper harvests, the country is surely not self-sufficient yet. Yet, opening up pulse export makes eminent commercial sense. While allowing import is a consumer-friendly step, any restriction on export would be anti-farmer.First, it is necessary to gain the confidence of overseas buyers. So, a commitment not to restrict export must be made by the government.

Boosting export trade

The Commerce Ministry wants farm exports to rise from the present $30 billion to $100 billion in the coming years. Pulses can make a small contribution. Dal exports have some prospects as Indian cuisine is becoming popular around the world. Dal export will also help improve capacity utilisation of dal mills and lend stability to domestic prices. Given the present supplies, price and market conditions, India can hope to export about five lakh tonnes of various varieties of dal. This calls for a strategic approach to export promotion.

Trade pacts

Importantly, we must leverage our bilateral and free trade agreements with South Asia and South-East Asia. For instance, Bangladesh imports about 12-15 lakh tons of pulses, while Sri Lanka imports roughly three lakh tons. We have SAFTA, APTA, ASEAN and other agreements involving many countries.

The Commerce Ministry must set off a dialogue with trade partners in the region and persuade them to import from India. Of course, over a period of time, India must generate genuine export surplus.

The writer is a global agri-business and commodities market specialist. Views are personal.

Source : https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/markets/commodities/will-india-capture-the-pulse-of-export-market/article22881015.ece


Canada and India reach agreement on pulse exports

4 Feb 2018, 6:00PM

Saskatchewan pulse growers have received some good news from the Prime Minister’s office.

TPrime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a joint statement Friday, committing to work closely to finalize an arrangement within 2018 to enable the export of Canadian pulses to India free from pests of quarantine importance, with mutually acceptable technological protocols.

Trudeau left his state visit to India Friday, which beagn on Feb. 18.

Chris Chivilo, president and CEO of Canadian Pulse Processor W.A. Grain & Pulse Solutions, released a statement through Pulse Canada’s website. He participated in the CEO panel at the Prime Minister’s Round Table.

“The joint statement issued after the meeting I attended is an important milestone in pulse trade relations between Canada and India. The Prime Ministers have recognized the importance of food security and science-based approaches to plant protection policy. We will need to continue this collaboration and finalize solutions that will work for both Canada and India,” he said.

The announcement regarding fumigation should please the Saskatchewan Stock Growers. Executive Directive Carl Potts told paNOW earlier this week he wanted to see Canada receive an exemption from India’s rule which requires all countries fumigate their shipments. He said Canada does not have the pests of concern that India is concerned with, and the fumigation process does not work well in cold weather.

However, one notable omission from the statement was India’s import tariffs on peas, lentils and chickpeas. Potts has said producers were blindsided when the tariffs were imposed in November. Saskatchewan is Canada’s largest pulse producing province, churning out about 50 per cent of Canada’s peas and about 90 per cent of the country’s lentil and chickpea crops.

While there was no mention of the tariffs, the joint statement emphasized the importance of ensuring access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for all and notes that transparency and predictability of market access conditions, including the sharing of information on the production of agricultural commodities, are key to advancing the food security goals of both countries.

Source :http://panow.com/article/742858/canada-and-india-reach-agreement-pulse-exports

Government to save Rs 1,600 crore a year in foodgrain procurement post GST

New Delhi, Feb 09, 2018, 05.38 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Centre is estimated to save Rs 1,600 crore annually in procurement of foodgrains as its tax expenses have reduced after the introduction of GST, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said today.

Only GST is being levied on procurement and not state taxes, resulting in 18 per cent reduction in taxes on foodgrain procurement, he said.

The government is expected to save Rs 1,600 crore annually, he added.

On capital restructuring in Food Corporation of India (FCI) as announced in the Union Budget 2018-19, Paswan said the government will infuse equity in the FCI next fiscal to reduce interest burden. FCI will also issue long term bonds.

FCI is the government’s nodal agency for procurement and distribution of foodgrains.

Asked about impact on inflation from proposed increase in the minimum support price (MSP) by 1.5 times, the minister said that there would be no impact on common man as the government is providing wheat and rice at Rs 2-3 per kg to over 80 crore people of the country.

Paswan informed that budget allocation for food ministry has been increased to Rs 2.24 lakh crore in 2018-19 from Rs 1.96 lakh crore in this fiscal. The food subsidy has been increased to Rs 1,73,323 crore from 1,44,781.69 crore in this financial year.

Paswan said the budget outlays for consumer affairs department is Rs 1,804.52 crore for next fiscal as against 3,733 crore this fiscal. This is because of reduction in price stabilisation fund to Rs 1,500 crore from Rs 3,500 crore.

“The food subsidy bill has been rising as MSP is being increased every year, while the issue (sale) price of foodgrains under food law has not been hiked,” he said.

The government has deleted 2.75 crore bogus ration cards which has helped in providing Rs 17,500 crore worth subsidy to eligible beneficiaries, he said.

Paswan said the government has linked over 80 per cent of ration cards with Aadhaar. Point of Sale (PoS) machines are being deployed in ration shops.

This will help food ministry to introduce portability of PDS under which beneficiaries can take their foodgrains quota from any ration shops in the states.

PDS portability has already been started in five states — Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana, Gujarat and Delhi.

Source :https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/government-to-save-rs-1600-crore-a-year-in-foodgrain-procurement-post-gst/articleshow/62851961.cms

Mixed trend prevailed on the opening day

4 Feb 2018, 6:00PM

THE LONGEVITY of a rally in chickpea prices, primarily driven by a surge in demand from Pakistan, now hinges on the prospects of the Indian crop.

Chickpea prices have pushed up $100 a tonne in the past month to sit at around $650/t delivered upcountry along most of the east coast.

It was a welcome return of confidence to the sector, which saw prices dive to as low as $500/t in some instances and general pricing of $550/t on the back of the news of the Indian import tariff of 30 per cent.

Pulse Australia chairman Ron Storey said Pakistan had emerged as a strong buyer in the first weeks of 2018 due to a poor domestic crop.

He said they had also been opportunistic, identifying the current prices on offer as cheap within the overall price cycle of recent years.

“The prices may have rallied but they are still down on where they have been consistently over the past couple of years.”

However, he said while Pakistan was a focus at present, moving forward the perennial key to chickpea pricing, India, would return as the major factor for future price movements.

“The market will still be driven by India, at present people are starting to talk about the Indian season being very dry in parts.

“That could lead to the current tariff being reviewed earlier than expected.”

While there is good news for Australian producers from the subcontinent, Mr Storey said reports from the northern hemisphere press of a chickpea shortage were not accurate in this part of the world.

“There may well be localised shortages but there is nothing abnormal on a global scale.”

Source :http://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/5206405/pulse-focus-to-switch-to-indian-crop/?cs=4713

Rising demand lifts chana futures by 1.53%

New Delhi,31 January 2018 Last Updated at 12:55 IST

New Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) Chana prices moved up by 1.53 per cent to Rs 3,847 per quintal in futures trade today as participants created positions, driven by rising demand from dal mills in the spot market.

Besides, tight stock positions following drop in arrivals from producing regions, fuelled the uptrend.

At the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange, chana for delivery in March contracts was trading higher by Rs 58, or 1.53 per cent, at Rs 3,847 per quintal with an open interest of 88,790 lots.

Likewise, the commodity for delivery in April contracts gained Rs 56, or 1.46 per cent, to Rs 3,883 per quintal in 30,930 lots.

Analysts attributed the rise in chana prices to surging demand in the spot market against restricted supplies from producing regions. PTI DP SUN ANS MKJ

Source :https://www.indiatoday.in/pti-feed/story/rising-demand-lifts-chana-futures-by-1.53percent-1158100-2018-01-31

Mixed trend prevailed on the opening day

Chennai, January 8, 2018 11:44 AM IST

Prices of thoor dal and moong dal increased while urad dal and sugar price decreased, prices of rest of the commodities remained unchanged in the wholesale foodgrain market here today

Thoor dal was up by Rs.100 per quintal to Rs.7,200 from its closing rates Rs.7,100.

Moong dal price increased sharply by Rs.400 per quintal to Rs.7,300 from Rs.6,900.

Sugar was less by Rs.50 per quintal to Rs.3,650 from Rs.3,700.

Urad dal tanked to Rs.6,900 from its last rates of Rs.7,000.

Gram dal, wheat,maida(90 kg) and sooji (90 kg) ruled steady.

Following are the wholesale rates of various agri-commodities (rates in rupees per quintal, unless stated otherwise): Thoor Dal Rs 7,200, Urad Dal Rs 6,900, Moong Dal Rs 7,300, Gram Dal Rs 5,500, Sugar Rs 3,650, Wheat Rs 2,600, Maida (90 kg) Rs 2,400 and Sooji (90 kg) Rs 3,200.

With the growing demand of retailers, prices of peas are rising high

New Delhi, 03 January 2018 Last Updated at 2:26 pm

Other pulses held steady position at the wholesale pulses market, except peas where in a rise in prices can be seen due to the retailers’ demand. Taking an in-depth look into the national capital, peas green and white flew up by Rs 100 each to 2,800-2,900 & Rs 2,750-2,775 per quintal, respectively.

Latest rates of pulses (in Rs per quintal) are as follow:

Masoor small Rs 3,700-3,850, bold Rs 3,800-3,950, Dal Masoor local Rs 3,900-4,300, best quality Rs 4,000-4,400, Malka local Rs 4,200-4,400, best Rs 4,300-4,600, Moth Rs 3,500-3,900, Arhar Rs 4,200 Dal Arhar Dara Rs 6,000-7,900.

Urad Rs 4,000-5,600, Urad Chilka (local) Rs 5,000-5,100, Urad best Rs 5,100-5,600, Dhoya Rs 5,500-5,700, Moong Rs 4,800-5,500, Dal Moong Chilka local Rs 5,600-5,800, Moong Dhoya local Rs 6,200-6,700 and best quality Rs 6,700-6,900.

Gram Rs 4,300-4,850, Gram dal (local) Rs 4,900-5,300, best quality Rs 5,300-5,400, Besan (35 kg),Shakti bhog Rs 2,200, Rajdhani Rs 2,200, Rajma Chitra Rs 6,000-8,300, Kabuli Gram small Rs 7,400-8,400, Dabra Rs 2,700-2,800, Imported Rs 4,700-5,100, Lobia Rs 4,000-4,200, Peas white Rs 2,750-2,775and green Rs 2,800-2,900.

Source :https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/peas-move-up-on-retailers-demand/1221878

Chana futures rise by 2.81% due to its rising demand

New Delhi, 03 January 2018 Last Updated at 12:41 pm

Chana prices in nation moved up by 2.81% making it cost for Rs 4,060 per quintal in futures trade. Participants raised bets on account of increased demand of chana from dal mills in spot markets. Moreover, a drastic drop in arrival from the producing region followed by the limited and tight stocks position has fuelled this uptrend.

At the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange, the delivery of chana in January advanced by Rs 111, or 2.81 per cent, to Rs 4,060 per quintal with an open interest of around 24,850 lots. Also, delivery in March edged Rs 47, or 1.24 per cent, higher to Rs 3,841 per quintal in approximately 77,370 lots.

Analysts across the nation attributed this sudden rise in prices to widening of positions by speculators, tracking a firm trend in the domestic commodity market.

Source :https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/rising-demand-lifts-chana-futures-by-281/1221796

Muted demand caused steady prices for pulses

02 January 2018 Last Updated at 2:37 pm

Wholesale pulses market encountered the steady conditions as prices moved in a narrow range while settling around previous levels. Adequate stocks position against sporadic demand mainly kept prices from changing their levels.

Latest pulses rates (in Rs per quintal) are as follows:

Masoor small Rs 3,700-3,850, bold Rs 3,800-3,950, Dal Masoor local Rs 3,900-4,300, best quality Rs 4,000-4,400, Malka local Rs 4,200-4,400, best Rs 4,300-4,600, Moth Rs 3,500-3,900, Arhar Rs 4,200 Dal Arhar Dara Rs 6,000-7,900.

Urad Rs 4,000-5,600, Urad Chilka (local) Rs 5,000-5,100, Urad best Rs 5,100-5,600, Dhoya Rs 5,500-5,700, Moong Rs 4,800-5,500, Dal Moong Chilka local Rs 5,600-5,800, Moong Dhoya local Rs 6,200-6,700 and best quality Rs 6,700-6,900.

Gram Rs 4,300-4,850, Gram dal (local) Rs 4,900-5,300, best quality Rs 5,300-5,400, Besan (35 kg),Shakti bhog Rs 2,200, Rajdhani Rs 2,200, Rajma Chitra Rs 6,000-8,300, Kabuli Gram small Rs 7,400-8,400, Dabra Rs 2,700-2,800, Imported Rs 4,700-5,100, Lobia Rs 4,000-4,200, Peas white Rs 2,650-2,675 and green Rs 2,700-2,800.

Source :https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/pulses-remain-steady-on-muted-demand/1221233

Yellow Peas – the next alternative crop for the farmers

By Jon Vanderford | Posted: Thu 10:43 AM, Dec 21, 2017

More farmers in eastern Nebraska are now growing Yellow Peas as it continues to be a popular alternative crop in western part of the state.

Strahinja Stepanovic, Extension Educator said that the Yellow Peas are a cold season legume crop and that many people think they are a garden plant, but they are grown for seed, and it’s a staple crop in northern states like Montana and North Dakota, and now even Canada.

Yellow pea acres have expanded drastically in the last five years from many 10,000 to 70,000 acres primarily in western Nebraska. The main reason for this growth is that the crop is good to rotate to help with the existing soil health.

Stepanovic said that there is also a growing profitability for farmers when it comes to producing Yellow Peas. He added that this crop is a pulse crop like lentils or chick peas, and its demand is increasing day by day worldwide. The diversity of the market of the product is up and that he prices are also driving up which encourages the farmers to grow it more.

Stepanovic also informed that various studies are being done at the International Wheat Center on the potential of yellow peas as an alternative crop for farmers across the state. He also says work is going to be done on whether chick peas could also be a crop for farmers in Nebraska or not.

Source :http://www.1011now.com/content/news/Yellow-Peas-Growing-in-Popularity-465699283.html

Indian Government to introduce 30 per cent tariffs on imports of chickpeas and lentils

In November, Indian Government introduced 50 percent tariff on yellow peas as a part of ongoing efforts by India to support farmers. This bold move is now followed by the increased tariff on imports of may commodities like lentils and chickpeas. India is introducing 30 percent tariffs on imports of products like chickpeas and lentils.

The Indian government in the latest news release said that the Production of chana (chickpeas) and Masoor (lentils) are expected to grow high during the forthcoming rabi season in 2018 and if cheap imports are allowed will likely to affect adversely the interest of the Indian farmers. Hence, this step is taken in the favor of the local farmers.

During the first three years of 2017, India imported around 57,400 tonnes of Canadian lentils from licensed elevators, according to Canadian Grain Commission Data. No Canadian chickpea sales to India have been reported yet this marketing year.

Limited imports of Wheat & Pulse in India due to its rising output

Mumbai, India: Indian wheat & pulses production is expected to jump next year.

This rise is expected because a hike in the government’s assured purchase prices and increase in rate of rainfall have made farmers to plant more of the winter crops this year. Thus, this higher production will help the south Asian country in reducing imports of pulses in the 2018-19 f.y. starting April 1 and could make it possible for India to avoid importing wheat for the first time past in three years.

Considering the current situation, Pravin Dongre, chair person of the India Pulses & Grains Association claims that farmers across south & central India are more likely to expand the area given over to chickpeas by nearly 20 percent. He also added that chickpeas resulted in better returns to the farmers than they could make it from oilseeds. Chickpea or chana s the main winter-seeded pulse crop in India apart from wheat & pulses.

India is the world’s biggest importer of pulses so far. It has shipped in around 6.6 million tonnes of mostly peas in fiscal 2016-17. Moreover, The government’s decision to raise the chickpea support price by 10 percent have imposed around 50 percent import duty on peas which will lure farmers to plant chickpea, said Nitin Kalantri, a pulses miller based at Latur in Maharashtra. He also added that wheat prices are stable for now and that the Government has raised minimum support price (MSP) and import duty on it as well. This will certainly encourage farmers to expand area for such crops. India usually imports peas mainly from Canada, Russia, the United States and France.

Around 6.7 percent of rise can be seen in India’s wheat output in 2017. This result was drawn from a year earlier to a record high 98.38 million tonnes.

Source :https://www.producer.com/2017/12/indias-rising-wheat-pulse-output-likely-curb-imports/

Great Demand of India’s Wheat & Pulses in 2018

Mumbai: November 29, 2017 12:27 IST

Higher production of India’s winter crop like wheat and pulses could make it possible for India to avoid procuring wheat & pulses from foreign land for the first time in past three years. It is expected that India’s production of wheat and pulses will jump in 2018 as a hike in the government’s assured purchase prices and ample rainfall have caused farmers to plant more of the winter crops.

Higher the production in the country, lower will be the import of such crops from foreign land. If things go well, this will be the first time in past three years. India usually imports wheat from Ukraine, Australia, Bulgaria and Russia.

Harish Galipelli, head of commodities and currencies at Indi trade Derivatives & Commodities said that with a better realization there should be at least a 5 per cent rise in wheat sowing.

Moreover, prices of wheat are stable and that Government has raised minimum support price as well as import duty which will eventually encourage farmers to expand area.Wheat production shows a gradual rise in production which means India would not need to import any wheat in 2018/19. Government agencies holds wheat stock of around 23.9 million tonnes as on Nov. 1 which is up by around 27 per cent from a year ago following record output in 2017, added the official from Food Corporation of India.

It is likely to happen that farmers will expand the area given over to chickpeas by nearly 20 per cent, said Pravin Dongre, chairman of the India Pulses and Grains Association. He added that, Chickpeas gave better returns to the farmers than any other oilseeds. There can be seen a significant jump in sowing in the initial reports.

He also claimed that the Chickpea or chana is the main winter-sown pulse crop in India. A rise in the production of the chickpea will eventually help the country reduce import of pulses in 2018/19.

In 2016/17, India’s pea imports jumped up by 41 per cent from a year earlier to a record 3.17 million tonnes. India mainly imports peas from Canada, Russia, United States and France.

Source :http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/winter-crops-in-demand-why-india-s-wheat-pulses-output-will-spike-in-2018-117112900202_1.html

NARS in India: The Largest and the Strongest

India has one of the strongest National Agricultural Research System in the World:Shri Radha Mohan Singh

New Delhi: December 5, 2017 18:20 IST

Addressing the representatives at the 5th Regional Coordination Meeting of ICARDA-South Asia & China Regional Program, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh expressed the overwhelmed happiness about his participation in the above said regional program. The program was organized for enhancing the Strategic Partnership through Food and Nutritional Security in South Asia & China. The program was attended by the representatives from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, Egypt, India, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sudan. It was organized at NASC Complex, Pusa, New Delhi. He said that India possesses vital strengths in agriculture which is varied and diverse in nature.

This country has one of the strongest national agricultural research systems in the world. Geographically, there are as many as 127 diverse agro-climatic zones and we have the second-largest arable area which makes India a global leader in several crops. Globally, India stands second, in terms of production of rice, wheat, fish, fruits and vegetables. It is also the world’s biggest milk producer. Their horticulture sector has also shown an average growth of 5.5% annually over the last decade.

Despite all positive facts, the challenges in an Indian agriculture still persist. Keeping in mind that farmers are the primary stakeholders, Officials in India have launched many new initiatives to the yield of their farm and double their farmers income by raising their socio-economic status. He also added that India has taken up the initiative for the establishment of 150 Seed Hubs for pulses, ensuring timely availability of sufficient quantity of quality seeds. The establishment of seed hubs for other crops is also being studied and is under process.

India-ICARDA collaboration reached another level when the Union Cabinet of India, chaired by Shri. Narendra Modi, honble Prime Minister, approved granting an international status under the United Nations (Privileges and Immunities) Act, 1947, to ICARDA in India, and supported the establishment of Satellite Hubs in West Bengal, exclusively for pulses and Rajasthan, for NRM research on forages including spineless cactus, management of rangelands and silvi-pasture, developing models for improving crop-water productivity and conservation agriculture.

Source :http://www.business-standard.com/article/government-press-release/india-has-one-of-the-strongest-national-agricultural-research-systems-in-117120501028_1.html

Chana Futures shows a Steep Growth due to Rise in Spot Demand

Published: 23rd November 2017 06:23 PM

Market for pulses in present day seems to have risen enough to cast a smile of happiness for the traders, especially when we are talking about chana. Chana prices shown a steep climb of 3.24 per cent, or Rs 155, to close at Rs 4,935 per quintal in futures market today. Factors like enquiries from dal mills, support from central Government, pick-up in demand in the physical market against tight stocks position due to fall in supplies from producing regions, etc. have enhanced this momentous growth.

Chana for delivery in the beginning of the next year surged by 3.24% or Rs 155 and to close at Rs 4,935 per quintal whereas Chana for delivery in December month also rose by 3.10% or Rs 152, or 3.10 per cent and to close at Rs 5,055 per quintal.

Lifting The Ban From Tur & Urad Futures Trading: A Brilliant Decision

New Delhi: November 18, 2017, 15:32 IST

Commodity bourse NCDEX have demanded the lifting of a decade-long ban on tur and urad futures trading as it welcomed the Government’s epic move to remove the export curbs on all kinds of pulses in the interest of farmers, the primary provider.

Encouraging pulses export is a ground-breaking move specially when these pluses are having prices below the minimum suport price (MSP). The Exchange also claimed that it can be the most the appropriate time for re-launching futures trading in pulses like tur and urad exchange said in a statement. It then added that the re-launch of these pulses futures will provide a price indicator and a hedging tool for entire pulses value chain including farmers.

The Managing Director & CEO of NCDEX, Mr. Samir Shah said that the recent re-launch of chana futures on the NCDEX platform has provided benchmark prices to the industry. He then added that the Re-launching of tur and urad futures will not only help in providing advance price signals to millions of farmers but it will also improve their realizations.

The Central Government on Thursday removed export restrictions on all varieties of pulses in a bid to shore up domestic prices which have fallen sharply because of abundant supplies.

Source :https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/ncdex-demands-lifting-ban-on-tur-urad-futures/articleshow/61701319.cms

Desi Daal, The New Superstar of Food Chain

Published: September 7, 2017 10:00 AM

We all crave to have ‘Super’ things in our life. Super markets, super stars, super cars, super bikes, super dads, super moms, super heroes, etc. and within this hectic and chaotic life we forget that our health needs something more than just a food, may be a Super Food. So if one asks, is there a super food for diabetics? The answer is YES. There is.

Daals, chana, chana and other pulses which are commonly referred to as legumes are a staple part of an Indian and Mediterranean cuisines and are also the richest sources of plant protein, vitamin B and many other minerals and micronutrients. Although, their beneficial properties in diabetes are not very well understood yet, there is enough data to point in the direction of them being good for diabetes. However, Traditional wisdom has seen these pulses & legumes as an integral part of daily diets for some good reason. Diabetes is now globally on the rise.

Correct food is important for diabetics as well as people who may turn diabetics or are already at the stage of pre-diabetics. Healthy legumes can be termed as super foods because they can automatically help control diabetes and also maintain glucose levels and provide great nutrition. There are various studies which provide data on a large cohort as well as over a long period of time showing suitable support to legumes as preventive foods for diabetes. These legumes are used since long in many traditional diet routine that helps in reducing the glycemic index of other foods and have low glycemic index.

In a recent study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition researchers have conducted a trial on 3349 patients. The study was analyzed over a span of four years. It was clearly evident that legumes consumption if above around 30 gm/day, reduces the risk of diabetes by almost 35%. This is a phenomenal data and will reduce the incidence of diabetes considerably as well as reduce the burden on healthcare expenditure. There is an immediate need of more studies and longer data base to claim it as the food required for prevention of diabetes. It is also accepted that these legumes are useful to reduce the post prandial peaks in clinical practice.

The fact that ancient food is scientifically favorable can be proven with the help of further studies. This will also help in understanding that how desi daal is actually a super food. Legumes work in favor of diabetes as they are the food with considerably low glycemic load and are extremely high in their nutrient values.

Source :https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/desi-daal-may-be-a-diabetic-superfood/articleshow/60387083.cms

India’s Deal with Mozambique: A Commitment so Uncertain

One of the centrepiece of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the East African country in last July is the MoU signed with Mozambique to buy arhar grown there. A record harvest of pulses in India has led to a problem of large availability of such crops making a bumper crop comparatively not favourable. This has affected to the extent that now India is unable to keep a commitment to Mozambique to import pigeon peas— locally known as arhar—which made Mozambican officials to visit New Delhi seeking clarity on the matter.

Considering the news from Mozambique, it says that India has imposed quotas on pigeon pea imports, listing it under the “restricted” category of imports from the “free” with a stricture saying that only 200,000 tonnes of pigeon peas can be imported in any one fiscal year. India has so far imported 30,000 tonnes out of its committed 125,000 tonnes for 2017-18, as claimed by

the report in the Club of Mozambique news website. Whereas, According to the text of the MoU, available on the website of India’s consumer affairs ministry, India has committed to buy 125,000 tonnes of pigeon peas in 2017-18.

Although as per the directorate general of foreign trade notification dated 5 August, it can be found that the restriction on imports does not apply to the Indian government’s import commitments “under any bilateral/regional agreement/MoU.”

Africa is seen as an important and valuable partner for India. “With GDP growth in Africa going up, it is a market for goods and services from India,” said Lalit Mansingh, former foreign secretary. “With India looking for a larger say in international issues especially at the UN, Africa is important as India looks for support at the UN Security Council,” Mansingh added. Although, The Indian high commission in Mozambique and the Mozambican high commission in New Delhi were unavailable to comment on the issue. Hence, any reluctance on India’s part to keep to its agreement could cost it precious goodwill that it has been trying to maintain in Africa for some years now.

Source :http://www.livemint.com/Politics/Llmp4EEfN5iMQhxTE797jO/Will-bumper-yield-of-pulses-derail-Indias-deal-with-Mozambi.html

This festive season brings the wave of surprises for a common man with a negligible growth in the pricess of pulses

Pune | Published: October 6, 2017 3:31 AM

Nafed will begin the procurement of kharif crops like soybean and pulses which are residing below the Minimum Support Price (MSP) under the center’s Price Support Scheme (PSS). The procurement will begin in Maharashtra from 16 October.

Maharashtra’s state minister for agriculture, Sadabhau Khot, said that the government has already begun the registration process for farmers for the PSS. This is being done by NAFED from October 3. In all, there are around 83 centers that have been established across Maharashtra. He also added that the tokens are being issued to farmers with likely the dates on which they need to bring their produce to the exchange markets or mandis.

The state government has been permitted with the authority to purchase 10 lakh quintal of soybeans, 3.70 lakh quintal of urad and 3,47,500 quintal of moong whereas the MSP of soybean is Rs 3,050 per quintal, urad Rs 7,400 per quintal and moong Rs 5,575 per quintal. The steep rise in the prices of the pulses is usually seen in the festive season. But 2017 came with an unexpected surprise with it, the trend has completely reversed and prices of the Kharif crops, especially pulses, oilseeds, and cereals are below the MSP. Mostly affected crops are green gram, black gram, and soybean. Other factors are the huge carryover stock, lack of demand and the hangover of demonetization which has resulted in the fall of their prices. The procurement of pulses like green gram has already started by NAFED from the states of Karnataka and Telangana. The agency is also expected to start their procurement process in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan soon. With the beginning of the crop harvest season Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, Pulses like Moong is selling unexpectedly at a minimum rate of Rs 3,900 per quintal and a maximum of Rs 5,200 per quintal while urad is selling at a minimum of 4,200 per quintal and a maximum of Rs 4,300 per quintal. The MSP of moong is at Rs 5,575 per quintal and MSP of urad is at 5,450 per quintal.

The vice chairman of India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), Mr. Bimal Kothari, said that this bold move by the government moves surely encourage farmers to grow more pulses as has been done in the case of rice and wheat.
The pulses output could drop to around 87.1 lakh tonne from the record 94.2 lakh tonne, this can be the case due to the lower prices and uneven monsoon rains and better production. Moreover, The government has also removed export restrictions on the export of pulses. The chairman of IPGA, Mr. Pravin Dongre, had said that the removal of export restrictions on pulses like urad, tur, and moong is a welcome step that has the potential of benefiting the entire chain beginning with the farmer to the exporters. He quoted, “It will correct price distortions, offer support to pulses selling below MSP and revitalize the milling industry. We believe this step will improve the returns to farmers and potentially open up greater investments in the sector”.

Currently, MahaFPC is arranging an e-auction through eRAKAM platform promoted by MSTC and CRWC, the miniRatna companies of GOI. All these steps being taken by Government of India are set to provide a beneficial platform to the complete chain from farmers to the resellers and exporters.

Source :http://www.financialexpress.com/market/commodities/festive-season-cheer-for-common-man-pulses-give-pleasant-surprise-prices-fail-to-rise-this-year/884114/

Will Government allow the export of pulses like Chana, Masur and Moth?

Soon after the Government opened the gates to export Urad dal, moong dal and tur dal, Dal millers across the country are trying to open their way towards the export of chana, masur and moth. A delegation of dal millers visited the commerce minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday with the request to allow the export of chana, masur& moth. This year, about 260-270 lakh tonnes of pulses are produced in India and around 57 lakh tonnes of pulses have been imported whereas the country consumes only 250-260 lakh tonnes in a year. Moreover, the government has procured around 15-18 lakh tonnes of pulses and now it is offloading their stock in the local market. These factors like higher production of pulses and Government offloading their procured stock in local market have affected the price of the pulses to a greater extent. The prices of pulses are moving downward resulting in the ruling price lower than the actual.
In 2006, Government imposed the ban on export of various pulses like tur, urad, moongchana, masur, moth and lifted this ban on the prior three from 15th September, 2017 whereas the later three are still waiting for their chance.

Crisil states that the Government must keep an eye on the volatility of the pulse prices

Mumbai | Updated: Sep 11, 2017, 06.33 PM IST

Mumbai: With inflation in pulses, the Government needs to keep an eye on the volatility by announcing new and effective MSPs, bringing new open trade policies, efficient irrigation facilities and promoting future markets. It is observed that inflation in pulses follows a regular and cyclical pattern, with prices shooting up every two to three years. And so far, from 2006 up to current fiscal, there have been around four such cycles which have resulted in the exaggerated prices of pulses in the market. As stated in the report by Crisil, the trend rate of inflation has averaged 12.2%, with the peaks around 40% above zero and the troughs 25% below it. Among the top 5 categories, tur, urad and gram (chickpeas) have the highest weight in WPI for pulses.The price movements in these pulses can result in significant movement in the index. The rating agency also said that moong dal and masur dal are important pulses from the consumption point of view.

Crisil’s Chief Economist Dharmakirti Joshi explained that the latest cycle that began in 2013 witnessed the steepest peak by 49% in November 2015 and fall by 32.6% in July 2017. It also witnessed the broad-based price fluctuations as compared to previous cycles. While input costs continued to grow, wholesale prices of all the pulses except gram (chickpeas) declined sharply resulting in the drastic declination in the profit margins of all the pulses except gram (chickpeas). Since there were no restrictions on the export of grams, the profitably remained on the higher side for the gram farmers. Crisil report also stated that the pronounced cyclical patterns in pulses tend to hurt both consumers and producers. It is the prime time that Government initiates major steps to protect the prices with the effective MSPs and other required policies. Also, there is an immediate need to de-risk the crops by increasing the irrigation buffer.

The Government needs to introduce new MSP schemes for pulses with raised procurement and a serious focus on increasing its awareness among the farmers. The proper and sufficient awareness is necessary so that farmers can utilize such schemes at the fullest. With the help of forward contracts and future production planning, government can reduce the uncertainty of the prices of pulses to the greater extent.

Source : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/centre-must-curb-pulse-price-volatility-says-crisil/articleshow/60464352.cms

Finally, the wait is over with the Government allowing export of Tur, Moong and Urad Dal after a decade.

Pune, 15th September 2017

This can be the moment of relief to the traders and manufacturers of pulses in India. The long wait to remove the ban imposed by the Government on the export of pulses from India has been removed. The Government has finally opened up exports of tur, moong and urad dal after more than a decade. Currently, urad dal and moong dal is being harvested by the farmers and this removal of ban will help support prices of the same. However, prices of both the pulses are ruling below the Minimum Support Price. Ruling at Rs 3000/quintal in Maharashtra, urad dal prices are almost Rs. 1000/quintal below the MSP. Considerable shifts are expected in the graph of pulses now. With this removal of ban has in given a sigh of hope to the manufacturers and traders in many ways.

Parle Products enters the Pulse Market with its new brand Fresh Harvest.

Mumbai | Updated:Jun 05, 2017, 08.24 PM IST

The renowned name in biscuits and confectionery industry, Parle Products, enters the pulses market with its new brand label ‘Fresh Harvest’. This brand will offer the wide range of pulses likeToor dal, Moong dal, Urad dal, Channa dal and Masoor dal which will be sourced from the farms in the state of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

In its initial stage, Fresh Harvest has been launched across class-A outlets and local retail chains in around 5 lakh towns throughout Maharashtra. In its later stages, Parle Products will launch it phased-wise in other parts of India over the next 12 months.The category head of Parle Product, Mr. Mayank Shah, acclaimed that with the involvement of a company like Parle right from sourcing to delivering quality end products to consumers will help in convincing them to switch to packaged pulses.

Currently, the pulses market is estimated at 27 million tonnes annually and India’s projected demand for pulses is targeted to grow up to 35 million tonnes by 2020. In the coming time, Pulses Industry will offer a great space for the development and progress.

Source : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/cons-products/food/parle-products-soon-to-enter-pulses-category/articleshow/59003668.cms

Effects of Erratic Rain in India on Pricing of Pulses

Sep 1, 2017

Daily news show Commodity Champions being telecasted on CNBC TV18 focused on the monsoon scenario in India and its effect on the agricultural output. The show, hosted by Ms. Manisha Gupta, mainly focused on the irregular and unpredictable patterns of monsoon in many parts of India and its after effect on cultivation and crops output. This crucial issue was discussed with Mr. Abhijeet Sen, Professor at JNU joined by Dr. B.V. Mehta, E.D of Solvent Extraction Association of India. The whole discussion was intensified in attempt to find the effect of these erratic rainfalls on the prices of agricultural crops specially pulses.

Once egg-cited, State to beat malnourishment with protein-rich diet

Ahmedabad Mirror | Updated: Sep 1, 2017, 02.00 AM IST

If not eggs, give them pulses. That’s the latest strategy of the State government to fight malnourishment among children in the state. It has decided to provide protein-rich snacks to more than 40 lakh children in primary schools. This will be in addition to the mid-day meals. The State education department claims that Gujarat is the first in the country to provide protein- rich food, mainly pulses, along with mid-day meals.

Stunted growth

According to a recent Unicef report, 41.6 per cent children of the state have stunted growth. Alarmed by rise in protein deficiency among children in a state which is already battling high incidence of malnourishment, the government had considered introducing eggs in the mid-day meals. However, the proposal met with stiff resistance from parents, following which it was withdrawn. Now, the State has decided to add proteins to the vegetarian fare itself.

The new menu for all the days, which includes the main meal and the snacks, has been decided by the education department with the help of mid-day meal authorities and nutritionists of Children University. Nutrition expert and in-charge registrar of Children University Kamalamani Rao and her team have worked on the new menu. She said, As per the set standard, 1/3 of total calories and 1/3 of total proteins a child requires should come from the mid-day meal.

Source : http://ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com/ahmedabad/others/once-egg-cited-state-to-beat-malnourishment-with-protein-rich-diet/articleshow/60314455.cms

India Will Become Self Sufficient In Pulses: AgriMin

By BW Online Bureau, July 17, 2017

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today exuded confidence that India will become self- sufficient in pulses and oilseeds production in the coming years with the government taking steps to boost yields through use of better quality seeds and technologies.

The country imports over 5 million tonnes of pulses and about 14.5 million tonnes of vegetable oils (comprising edible and non-edible oils) every year to meet domestic demand. Addressing the 89th foundation day of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Singh said the government is not only focusing on increasing production but taking steps to make agriculture “income-centric” as part of its target to double farmers income by 2022.

The minister asked ICAR scientists to work in a mission mode to achieve this target as well as the overall development of agriculture and allied sectors, which contribute 18 per cent to GDP. He emphasised on skill development in agri sector to boost crop yield and farm income. Singh said the green revolution helped India in becoming self-sufficient in wheat and rice, but the country is still importing pulses and oilseeds to meet domestic demand and spending huge amount of foreign currency.

“We achieved a record production of pulses in the 2016-17 crop year. The sowing area is also higher this year. We are progressing towards self-sufficiency. In next 2-3 years, we will become self-sufficient in pulses,” he said. The countrys pulses production increased to record 22.40 million tonnes in the 2016-17 crop year (July-June) against 16.35 million tonnes in the previous year. Oilseeds output rose by 29 per cent to 32.52 million tonnes last year.”

The minister lauded efforts of farmers and scientists for the record 274 million tonnes of foodgrain output in 2016-17. He said this has been possible due to availability of technologies, quality seeds and related services to farmers. Stating that agriculture scientists played a significant role in bringing green revolution, Singh said since 1951, foodgrain production has increased five times, fish 14.3 times, milk 9.6 times and egg production 47.5 times. That apart, there has been three-fold jump in fruits and vegetables output from 1991-92, helping in achieving food and nutritional security.

“Our scientists are engaged in the development of innovative areas of science and technology and they are appreciated at the international level for their work,” he said, adding that scientists have played a role in furthering excellence in higher education. At the event, Singh also gave 122 awards for excellence in 19 categories. Recipients included 19 farmers, 80 scientists, 12 KVKs and three institutes.”

Highlighting the initiatives taken in last three years, the minister said the government has already provided soil health card to 9 crore out of 12 crore farmers. Soil health card coverage has reached 100 per cent in 16 states. Except Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, rest of the states will be covered in the next two months, he said. Singh also spoke about programmes to boost irrigation capacity and new insurance scheme to protect farmers from vagaries of monsoon as well as a scheme to link all 585 mandis through electronic platform. The minister asked ICAR scientists to go for new research to tackle new challenges in form of climate change and new crop diseases.

Government caps toor daal imports to 2 lakh MT per annum

By ET Bureau, Aug 05, 2017, 10.10 PM IST

NEW DELHI: In a move to shore up domestic prices of pigeon pea (toor daal) amid high production, the government on Saturday capped its import at two lakh tonnes a year.

The restriction will not apply to government’s import commitments under any bilateral/regional agreement,” Directorate General of Foreign Trade said in a notification.

India is world’s largest importer of lentils and buys pigeon pea from Tanzania, Mozambique, Myanmar and Malawi.

Source : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/59933704.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Chana Dal Makes the Latest Entry in the Oxford Dictionary

27/06/2017 11:26 PM IST | Updated 27/06/2017 11:36 PM IST

LONDON — Indian food essentials – chana and chana dal – are among the many new entries in the ‘Oxford English Dictionary’ (OED) unveiled on Tuesday.

Chickpeas (chana) and the split chickpea lentils (chana dal) join the vast list of more than 600 other words and phrases that the authoritative Oxford English Dictionary has deemed popular enough to be included in its quarterly update.

The clutch of words debuting in the world’s definitive guide to the evolving English language covers everything from lifestyle and current affairs to the educational world.

Source : http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/chana-dal-makes-the-latest-entry-in-the-oxford-dictionary-top-5-more-such-food-entries-1717922