Pulses Price Hike: Your bowl of lentils is going to be more expensive. The reason is lack of supply compared to demand. In 2023, there has been a tremendous jump in the prices of Arhar Dal and Urad. Costly pulses are affecting everyone whether it is middle class or poor. Lentils are the biggest source of protein. And for the poor, it is considered the only source of protein. But the expensive pulses have already started spoiling the budget of every household. Not only arhar dal but also the prices of urad dal have increased. Similar is the condition of moong dal as well.
inflation of pulses
According to the data of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, in January 2023, the price of Arhar Dal in the capital Delhi was Rs 105 to 110 per kg, which has now increased to Rs 128 per kg. Whereas in the financial capital Mumbai, Arhar dal was available at Rs 125-128 per kg on January 1, which is available at Rs 139 per kg on April 24. Not only arhar dal, but the prices of urad are also seeing a rise. On January 1, 2023, urad dal was available in Delhi at Rs 118 per kg, which is now available at Rs 123 per kg. It was available in Mumbai for Rs 125 per kg, which is available at Rs 137 per kg on April 24. If we talk about moong dal, it was available at Rs.103 per kg in Delhi on January 1, which is now available at Rs.112 per kg. In Mumbai on January 1, it was available at Rs 124 per kg and now the same is available at Rs 138 per kg.
why the price rising
Importers importing Arhar and Urad from Myanmar are not importing pulses in India. They are hoarding the same pulses so that when the prices of pulses increase further in the domestic market, they can make huge profit by selling it in the market after importing it at higher prices. Companies importing pulses have hoarded 1.50 lakh tonnes of pigeon pea and about 2 lakh tonnes of urad in Myanmar. The Indian High Commission in Myanmar has been asked to investigate it with the local authority so that hoarding can be stopped.
Government can sell pulses in the open market
In case of further increase in the prices of pulses, the government can sell pigeon pea, urad and moong dal from its pool in the open market so that the prices can be controlled. The government can also sell pulses in the open market through Kendriya Bhandar and Nafed.
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