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The export of pulses from India surged in April –July 2018 after the government announced the removal of restrictions. The center’s policies boosted the pulses shipments to more than double that is from 58,575 tonnes in the April-July period of last year to 1,24,465 tonnes during the same period of the current year which means an increase of 112.5 %. The government aims to raise the exports of agricultural products to more than $60 billion by 2022.
The restriction on the export of pulses was on till November 2017 after which the constraints were removed. The director general of foreign trade (DGFT) notified that “All varieties of pulses, including organic pulses, have been made ‘free’ for export without any quantitative ceilings, till further order.”
The total pulse export of the country in 2017-18 was registered at 1,80,194 tonne with a value of $ 228.32 million.
The free export policy for pulses has led to increased production of pulses. 11.23 million tonnes of chana was harvested in 2017-18 which is a record as the decision to remove the curbs on export was announced at the time of sowing. The overall production of pulses has increased by 9% and reached 25.23 million tonnes in the last crop year.
The government, on one hand, has been pushing exports and has restricted the imports of urad and moong dal on the other hand to avoid a fall in prices in the domestic market. In August 2017, the government had announced a maximum limit of 3 lakh tonnes on the annual import of these two pulses in raw form.