Government likely to ban import of desi chickpeas

LAHORE: After successive crop failures and losses to farmers, federal government at last made up its mind, and is likely to ban import of desi chickpeas (black gram), it was learnt on Thursday.

The aim to check imports of desi chickpeas is indispensable with a view to stabilising the price of the new produce amid massive imports in the last two consecutive years, official sources said. Local production of this year’s crop, which is being harvested nowadays, has been estimated to be short of more than fifty percent of local consumption because of very low rains.
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