11 March 2022, New Delhi: With a view to ensure adequate supply and availability of pulses from domestic and to reduce import dependency, the Central Government is formulating a comprehensive and integrated long term policy, by specially focusing to increase domestic production, improve processing technology, control post-harvest losses and facilitate crushers-processors to buy pulses directly from farmers. It will be a very necessary, timely and important step.
The new policy also aims to stabilize the level of import duty so that importers can be freed from frequent changes in customs duty structure and domestic pulses production is also not affected adversely. It will also be ensured that the cost (price) of imported pulses will remain around the minimum support price announced a mechanism is to be made.
As per IGrain India’s trade analyst, frequent and abrupt changes in policy create huge difficulties and disrupt the value chain. The government should try to avoid frequent changes in policies.
A meeting was convened by the Central Consumer Affairs Department on March 10 to discuss the pulses policy, in which the country’s leading processors and representatives of top organizations of pulses industry and trade sector were present. Chaired by Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs said “All persons related to Indusrty needs each others support. Effeciency in storage will be enhanced. During war time, many coutnries are running out of food stock, we also must have stocks for such emercencies.”
Sunil Kumar Singh, Additional MD of NAFED said “To facilitate farmers for checking moisture levels machines are available in yards and different locations.”
IPGA asked to enhance milling capacities, a subsidy program is to be implemented. Minimum Import Price (MIP) to be introduced.
Sunil Sachdeva, President, Agri Farmer and Trade Association suggested that fertilizers should be supplied on time to increase productivity, He said “government should focus to introduce a policy to increase small pulses milling / processing units.”
Nitin Kalantry, Kalantry Food Products, Akola briefed numbers of issues faced by millers on ground and asked long term policies to be introduced.