The imported pulses will start reaching India from September 23, 2015. The first consignment of 2,500 MT of imported Tur will arrive to Chennai Port and similar quantity of around 2,500 MT of Tur will arrive at JNPT, Mumbai. The entire consignment of 5,000 MT of Tur would be reaching at both of the Ports by October 20, 2015. The Centre has approved the further import of additional 5,000 MT of Tur. This information was revealed in the second meeting of the inter ministerial committee on prices and availability of essential food items, held in New Delhi today. The committee reviewed the current status of the arrival of imported pulses and onion.
MMTC has already floated a tender of procurement of Tur on September 11, 2015 with the bid opening date of September 21, 2015.
With respect to Urad, MMTC indicated that 5,000 MT of Urad from Myanmar will be reaching at the Chennai and JNPT, Mumbai. Both the ports will received around 2,500 MT each by October 20, 2015.
As states have indicated their inability to process the imported un-milled pulses, MMTC to float a tender for milling the imported pulses, Tur and Urad. This would ensure quicker uptakes by the states and also its distribution to consumer.
As far as imports of onion is concerned, MMTC informed that about 1,000 MT is expected by first week of October, 2015 and another 1,000 MT by second and third week of October, 2015 at JNPT, Mumbai. As directed by Union Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan, in the review meeting held on September 10, 2015, MMTC have also floated a tender for import of 1,000 MT of onion on September 11, 2015 and the bid would be opened on September 18, 2015.
These imports are expected to improve the availability of pulses and onion and moderate their prices.