1 MT tur dal imports likely as output dips

India is likely to import a million tonnes of tur dal (pigeon peas) in the marketing year 2023-24 to meet the domestic demand as production in the country is expected to drop due to wilt disease, said Rohit Kumar Singh, secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs.

“We will be importing 10 lakh tonnes of tur dal against last year’s 7.6 lakh tonnes to meet the domestic demand,” said Singh.

The marketing year for tur is from December to November.

Tur is mainly imported from east African nations and Myanmar. These countries have an export surplus of 1.1-1.2 million tonnes, so availability is not an issue, according to Singh.

“The disease, wilt, has been seen in certain areas in Karnataka and Maharashtra and could affect production by 10-12%,” said Suresh Agrawal, president, All India Dal Mill Association.

The government is also set to relax some quality norms of the Food Safety Standards Authority of India levied on imported ..

Source : economictimes.indiatimes.com/ For more details

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