• Plan to boost pulses production

    THE federal government seems to be waking up to rising imports of pulses, which surged by more than 60 per cent to Rs100 billion during the previous fiscal year. The Ministry of National Food Security and Research considers approving a Rs3bn plan to promote research and boost productivity of four major pulses — gram (chickpea), mash, moong and masoor. The plan — involving some 18 local and international institutions — is aimed at genetically improving seeds, mechanising production and increasing seed production. Read more


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  • Pulses end steady in thin trade

    New Delhi, Jan 30 Steady conditions prevailed at the wholesale pulses market today as prices by and large moved in a narrow range on alternate bouts of trading and settled around previous levels. Traders said sufficient stocks position against sporadic demand mainly kept prices at previous levels. Following are today's pulses rates (in Rs per quintal): Urad Rs 3,800-5,200, Urad Chilka (local) Rs 4,700-4,800, Urad best Rs 4,800-5,300, Dhoya Rs 5,200-5,400, Moong Rs 4,600-5,300, Dal Moong Chilka local Rs 5,400-5,600, Moong Dhoya local Rs 6,000-6,500 and best quality Rs 6,500-6,700. Read more


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  • Chana futures climb 2.45 pc on speculators buying

    New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) Chana prices surged by 2.45 per cent to Rs 3,808 per quintal in futures trade today as speculators created fresh positions, driven by uptick in demand from dal mills at the spot market. At the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange, chana for delivery in March shot up by Rs 91, or 2.45 per cent, to Rs 3,808 per quintal with an open interest of 89,430 lots. Read more


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  • India to become self-sufficient in pulses in FY19, on record rabi output

    Saddled with imports until last year, India is set to achieve self sufficiency in pulses in FY 2018-19, wth a high kharif output and likelihood of record rabi season production due to an all-time high acreage and favourable agro climatic condition.Until last year, that is 2016-17, India remained heavily dependent on import of pulses of different varieties, including chick peas from Australia, tur from Myanmar and other varieties from Canada and a number of non-consuming but large-growing African countries. Apex industry body, India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), puts India’s import at around 5.7 million tonnes of pulses during FY2017, almost similar to 5.8 million tonnes imported during the previous financial year. Read more


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  • Chickpea prices bounce 10% in a week, on ‘surprise’ Pakistan demand

    “Surprise” demand from Pakistan has prompted a sharp recovery in Australian chickpea prices from a slump engendered by an Indian import levy, with prices rebounding by some 10% over the past week. Australian chickpea prices - which slumped by some Aus$100 a tonne in little over a week after India on December 21 slapped a 30% tariff on imports of chickpeas and lentils – have recovered more than half those losses, thanks to orders from elsewhere in the Indian sub-continent. Australian chickpeas in the important domestic Narrabi packing market, in New South Wales, are currently achieving Aus$630 a tonne, according to merchant AgVantage, up from Aus$580 a tonne a week ago, and returning close to the Aus$650-660 a tonne seen ahead of India’s levy move. Read more


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  • Select pulses slip on muted demand

    New Delhi, Jan 25 Weak conditions prevailed at the wholesale pulses market today as select prices declined by up to Rs 200 per quintal due to easing demand from retailers. Traders said besides fall in demand from retailers, adequate stocks position on increased arrivals from producing belts weighed on select pulses prices. In the national capital, masoor small and bold fell by Rs 200 each to Rs 3,450-3,600 and Rs 3,550-3,700 per quintal, respectively. Its dal local and best quality traded lower by a similar margin to Rs 3,600-4,000 and Rs 3,700-4,100 per quintal, respectively. Read more


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  • Low tur rates bring no cheer to growers

    NAGPUR: Tur, the last hope for farmers in Vidarbha, has begun reaching the markets but the rates are far below levels profitable for farmers. According to initial trends, the yield is better than average but rates are ruling at as much as Rs1,000 below the minimum support price (MSP). MSP is a threshold level set by government. If rates slip below it, government begins procurement at MSP which helps increase the open market rates. Apart from cotton and soyabean, tur is the third major crop grown by the farmers here. Read more


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  • Pulse weekly outlook: Australia makes progress with India, Canada waits

    CNS Canada –– Pulse crop prices in Western Canada are holding steady while questions remain about the future of trade with India. India in November imposed a 50 per cent import tariff on peas and in December a 30 per cent tariff was placed on chickpeas and lentils. The tariffs were imposed overnight and left the pulse industry worldwide displeased. Australia has managed to reach an agreement with India in regards to future tariffs. The country’s Agriculture Minister David Littleproud travelled to India this week to meet with government officials to discuss the country’s recent import tariffs. The Indian government agreed to provide notice in the future to the Australian grains industry before imposing any tariffs. Read more


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  • Lentils still a good choice for growers

    Good news for growers! Lentils are still a good option for growers to consider in future cropping programs on medium to heavy textured soils. Trials in 2017 produced seed yields of 1.5t/ha or above. This comes after the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development conducted trials, with Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investment. The results shows that sowing lentils to achieve 100-110 plants per square metre in mid-April resulted in profitable yields. Read more


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  • Maharashtra seen buying 4.5 lt of tur under price support scheme

    The targeted procurement of 4.46 lakh tonnes of tur (redgram or pigeon pea) in Maharashtra is expected to commence on a full scale by February 1. The Nafed procurement process is delayed as farmers have been asked to first register online for selling their produce. Sources in the Nafed said that about one lakh farmers have registered for selling the crop. Nafed is expected to open over 150 centres for procurement of tur. Inferior quality Higher moisture content and non-FAQ quality of the produce in some locations too have delayed the process of procurement. FAQ stands for Fair Average Quality which sets the quality parameters for the crop, below which the procurement is not done. Read more


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