Pulses import to affect farmers India likely to miss buffer stock target

23.12.2016

India has been targeting to create a buffer stock of 20 lakh tonnes of Pulses in 2016-17 to ensure remunerative prices to farmers. But as the reports of procurement are revealed the country is unlikely to meet the target.The government has been coming out with different plans to control the prices of Pulses in the country and to make sure enough Pulses are available in the markets.

Pulses price were at very high levels during the previous months but has cooled down now.It planned to import 10 lakh tonnes of Pulses for buffer stock and the rest of the buffer stock target was aimed to procure five lakh tonnes each from domestic kharif and rabi harvests. But at present the pace of government purchase is slow and many of the Pulses in many marketing centers where prices of kharif Pulses are ruling below the minimum support price (MSP).

The Agri-cooperative National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (Nafed) has procured 120 567 metric tonnes of Pulses from kharif crops as of December 16. Nafed is targeting to procure 7 lakh tonnes of Pulses during the kharif and rabi seasons of the 2016-17 crop year to create buffer stock on behalf of the government.In the current season also the Pulses growers are likely to be affected as many of Pulses are below MSP at current levels itself. The excessive import of 54 lakh tonnes of Pulses into India in the past two years has hit the Pulse growers of the country adversely.The country is targeting 20.75 million tonnes of Pulses production this year on account of good monsoon of which 13.5 million tonnes is expected from the ensuing rabi season while 8.7 million tonnes is estimated to have been harvested in the just-completed kharif season.


Hindustantimes

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