• Imports of high-protein pulses to rise

    Worldwide trade in pulses — edible seeds such as dried peas, lentils and kidney beans — is expected to grow 5% to a record 16.9 million tonnes. Expansion in import and export of pulses is largely tied to increased demand from Far East Asia and Africa, where some countries have experienced population growth and improved economic conditions, according to a Nov. 23 report from the International Grains Council. Total world trade in pulses — a category that also includes chickpeas, mung beans and broad beans —  averaged 14.5 million tonnes per year in the 2012-16 seasons.  Read more


    Continue reading
  • Lobia softens on muted demand

    In restricted activity, Lobia prices drifted down by Rs 200 per quintal at the wholesale pulses market today on subdued demand from retailers against adequate stocks position.  However, other pulses moved in a narrow range in limited deals and pegged at last levels.  Traders said low demand from retailers against ample stocks position on higher supplies from producing belts mainly led to decline in lobia prices.  In the national capital, lobia fell by Rs 200 to Rs 4,200-4,400 per quintal.  Read more


    Continue reading
  • Goal of doubling farmers’ income ‘impressive’: IFAD

    India has kept an "impressive" target of doubling farmers' income by 2022 and the country will not be far in achieving that goal, Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Gilbert Houngbo said.  Houngbo -- former prime minister of West African nation Togo -- also said that IFAD is keen to partner with India for scaling up agri-programmes like electronic National Agriculture Market (e-NAM).  IFAD, a UN agency, provides low-cost financing to remote rural communities through government loans, currently working in India on nine projects in the area of agriculture, rural and tribal development and women empowerment.  Read more


    Continue reading
  • Unshackle Indian agriculture

    The story of pulses from last year is a stark illustration of what ails agriculture policy. India is the world’s largest producer, consumer and importer of pulses. That may sound contradictory, but isn’t, because domestic production is unable to meet the large and growing domestic demand. Last year, India’s production was 23 million tonnes (MT), the highest ever, 40% more than the previous year. This was owing to good rains, higher minimum support price (MSP) and higher acreage. High production should have meant lower imports. No such luck. Last year’s imports were at an all-time high of 6.6 MT, that too at zero import duty. This caused prices to crash, in some places to half of the MSP. Farmers faced ruin. In barely 18 months, the price of tur dal has gone down from Rs200 to Rs30 a kilo.  Read more


    Continue reading
  • Gram, its dal recover on scattered demand

    New Delhi, Dec 7 () Gram and its dal prices recovered by up to Rs 200 per quintal at the wholesale pulses market today on mild demand from retailers. However, masoor and its dal ended lower on lack of buying support. Traders said some demand from retailers mainly helped gram and its dal prices to trade higher. In the national capital, gram went up by Rs 100 to Rs 4,700-5,000 per quintal. Its dal local and best quality were up by Rs 200 each to Rs 5,200-5,600 and Rs 5,600-5,700 per quintal respectively. Read more


    Continue reading
  • India’s rising wheat, pulse output likely to curb imports

    MUMBAI, India (Reuters) — India’s production of wheat and pulses is expected to jump next year because a hike in the government’s assured purchase prices and ample rainfall have prompted farmers to plant more of the winter crops, industry officials said. Higher production will help the south Asian country reduce imports of pulses in the 2018-19 fiscal year starting April 1 and could allow it to avoid buying overseas wheat for the first time in three years. Farmers are likely to expand the area given over to chickpeas by nearly 20 percent, said Pravin Dongre, chair of the India Pulses and Grains Association. Read more


    Continue reading
  • Higher crop report pounds pulses

    INDORE, DECEMBER 6:   Sluggish trend in pulses continued on weak physical demand and reports of higher crop. Tur (Maharashtra) in Indore mandis ruled at ₹4,000, while tur (Madhya Pradesh) was ₹3,500-3,600 a quintal. Given rise in arrival of new crop in Karnataka and Maharashtra, rally appears unlikely in the coming days. Read more


    Continue reading
  • Robust demand lifts chana futures by 0.75%

    New Delhi, Dec 7 Chana prices moved up by 0.75 per cent to Rs 4,462 per quintal in futures trade today as participants built up fresh positions, driven by uptick in demand from dal mills at spot markets. At the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange, chana for delivery in January was trading higher by Rs 33, or 0.75 per cent to Rs 4,462 per quintal with an open interest of 45,240 lots. Read more


    Continue reading
  • Select pulses slide on low demand

    New Delhi, Dec 5 (PTI) Select pulses led by kabuli gram drifted down by up to Rs 500 per quintal at the wholesale pulses market today on muted demand from retailers. Traders said fall in demand from retailers against sufficient stocks position mainly led to decline in kabuli gram and other pulses prices. In the national capital, kabuli gram small variety suffered the most by dropping Rs 500 to Rs 7,500-8,500 per quintal. Read more


    Continue reading
  • India has one of the strongest national agricultural research systems in the world: Shri Radha Mohan Singh India taken up the initiative for the establishment of 150 Seed Hubs for pulses: Shri Singh Shri Radha Mohan Singh addresses the representatives at the 5th Regional Coordination Meeting of ICARDA-South Asia & China Regional Program

    Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh expressed happiness about his participation in 5th Regional Coordination meeting of ICARDAs South Asia & China Regional Program on Strategic Partnership towards enhancing Food and Nutritional Security in South Asia & China". The Representatives from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, Egypt, India, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sudan participated in this meeting where South-South cooperation in agricultural research for development was discussed. It is being organised at NASC Complex, Pusa, New Delhi. Shri Singh said that this forum presents an invaluable opportunity for Member Countries to once again reaffirm their commitment towards ensuring food and nutritional security through alleviation of poverty and hunger, in the region, as well as globally. Read more


    Continue reading