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Government Discusses 5-Year Memorandum of Understanding with Malawi for Importing Tur Dal to Keep Domestic Prices Under Control | India News


NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has put forward a proposal to have a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the next five years with Malawi to obtain Tur, in its attempt to overcome any domestic shortages. The sources said the proposal is before the Cabinet for consideration.
Officials said the proposal is to allow the importation of certain assured quantities of Tur from the African country by private actors. The fluctuation in the prices of legumes, onions and edible oil has been of concern to the government even though there have been several announcements to make India self-sufficient with regard to these key kitchen staples.
Recently, the Center released the importation of pulses to cope with a supply shortage in the domestic market, which was criticized by farmer groups and even RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh. However, the government claimed that this will not affect farmers’ income and said that imports will be limited.
India is the largest producer and consumer of pulses. The government, in the past, had signed a memorandum of understanding with countries like Mozambique to import legumes. “Other countries will grow pulses only when they are assured that there is someone to buy a certain minimum quantity,” said a source.
Legume prices have consistently contributed to inflation over the past two years. Rising edible oil prices have become a major concern. TOI reported on Monday how the government is considering various options, including reducing agricultural infrastructure and development fees imposed on imported crude palm, sunflower and soybean oils.

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