India facing a recurring demand and supply issue of pulses, hence requested Mozambique country to supply 'tur' dal for the next five years on a government-to-government basis. India has offered to buy tur dal at a Minimum Support Price (MSP) and transportation cost.
Food Ministry sources said the offer was made by an official delegation led by Consumer Affairs Secretary Hem Pande. He visited the eastern African nation recently.
With increase in the buffer stock of pulses, wholesale prices of the pulses dropped a bit. Pulses in the domestic markets are retailing at over Rs 190 per kg due to a shortfall in local output.
The MSP of tur dal has been fixed at Rs 5,050 per quintal, which includes a bonus of Rs 200 for 2016-17 crop years (July-June). Mozambique produces around 70,000 tonnes of pulses, including tur, annually.
India is also negotiating with Myanmar for long-term supply of tur at similar rates. Myanmar is yet to respond regarding the matter.
The demand for pulses in India is estimated at about 23.5 million tonnes as against an output of about 17.06 million tonnes in 2015-16 crop years (July-June). There has been an estimated shortfall of around six million tonnes in domestic pulse production this year.