Prices of tur dal have continued to rise, touching the Rs 100-kg mark at the mill gates in Karnataka and Maharashtra. The industry has demanded that the government agency National Agricultural should release its stock to the Operative Marketing Federation (NAFED) for ease of supply. Demand remains strong against supply. While the business has demanded the issuance of import quotas for 2020-21, the government believes that the supply situation is comfortable as it expects a three-month bumpy Kharif crop from now.
During the lockdown, Arhar prices rose to Rs 90 / kg, which was later corrected to Rs 82 / kg, said Maharashtra-based pulse processor Nitin Kalantri. However, now they have started spiraling upward again. Dal prices are likely to shoot after October. The demand for pulses has increased due to the festive season demand. Traders fear that the arhar crop in Karnataka will suffer a 10% loss in yield due to heavy rains. It is expected that the list will remain tight until the new crop arrives, as in the last 3 to 4 years. Trade and government's excess inventory has dried up. Pulses importers have demanded the release of import quotas for Tur for 2010-21.
In April, the government announced an import quota of 4 lakh tonnes of tur, which has not yet been allocated. Out of this, 2 lakh tonnes of tur was to come from Mozambique. The import quota should have been issued now so that imports can be made. Comes before November, not with the harvesting of local crops starting in December. The availability of pigeon pea in world markets is low as international farmers have shifted crops from arhars after India's domestic production increased.