The Government has approved further import of 80,000 MT Masur and 90,000MT Tur for buffer stock of pulses. The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of Price Stabilization Fund chaired by Union Consumer Affairs Secretary, Shri Hem Pande here today. The meeting reviewed the procurement and distribution of pulses from buffer stock. So far, the Government agencies havecontracted about 1, 81,000 MT pulses for import , out of this 36,000 MT pulses have arrived. Besides this Government agencies have procured more than 1, 20,000 MT pulses from the domestic market and farmers.
The Department of Consumer Affairs has asked NCCF and NAFED to sell the the pulses, Tur and Urad through their outlets in other cities also other than Delhi. These agencies are selling Tur at Rs 105 / and Urad Rs. 120/kg.
The meeting was informed that to ensure procurement of pulses directly from farmers during current Kharif season, number of procurement centres has been increased to 417 so far, more will be opened if required.