Procurement of Rabi pulses reaches to 68,000 MT

States have been requested by the union agriculture ministry to lift Tur and Urad from buffer stock to sell at Rs 120 per kilogram

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New Delhi: As per information provided by the government agencies, the procurement of Rabi pulses has reached to 68,000 MT as on June 27, 2016. Thus together with earlier procurement of 51,000 MT of Kharif, total domestic procurement of pulses by government agencies has reached to 1, 19,000 MT. Besides this 14,321 MT pulses have been imported by the government agencies against the total contracted quantity of 46,000 MT.

In Delhi, outlets of Kendriya Bhandar and Mother Dairy/ Safal have sold 1058 quintals of Tur and 345 quintals of Urad so far at the rate Rs 120/kg as on June 27, 2016. This was informed in an inter-ministerial review meeting chaired by Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, Mr Hem Pande here today. The meeting reviewed the prices of essential commodities and discussed measures to ensure availability these commodities at reasonable prices.

Mr Pande reviewed lifting and distribution of the pulses allocated from the buffer stock to the states. It was decided that the states will be requested again to expedite lifting of pulses – Tur and Urad for distribution at Rs 120 / kg.

The meeting was attended by senior officials of Department of Food, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Economic Affairs, Department of Revenue, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, MMTC and NAFED.