India is planning to import pulses from Myanmar and African nations to counter shortfall of nearly 7.6 million tonnes that has led local prices of key pulses to a record high, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has said.
More purchases could help the country rein in its inflation, which was near two-year high last month on double-digit annual increases in prices of sugar, vegetables and pulses.
“The challenge of demand-supply gap of about 7.6 million tonnes (in pulses) is being addressed via public and private imports,” Paswan tweeted.
India had earlier said it would help Mozambique cultivate pulses and then import them.
The country consumes nearly 22 million tonnes of pulses annually, but depends greatly on imports to meet demand as output has been hit by indeterminate monsoons.