No respite to farmers despite lifting of ban on pulses export

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Nov 2017 09:59:20


Business Bureau,

The recent decision of Union Government to lift ban on export of pulses appears to failing in revitalizing the commodity market and giving sigh of relief to farmers and traders.

As the prices of most of the varieties of pulses are still showing no significant rise, farmers and traders on Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction over the ambitious move of the Government. While the farmers have been keeping their fingers crossed hoping positive changes in the prices in coming days, traders believe that they are not very optimistic about the country’s pulses market at least for the next two to three months.

In an attempt to give much needed push to the falling prices of pulses in the country, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has recently gave its approval for removal of prohibition on export of all types of pulses.
It was widely anticipated that the farmers bearing the brunt of the low prices would enjoy greater choice in marketing their produce and get better remuneration for their produce.

However, Pratap Motwani, President of the wholesale Grain and Seeds Merchant Association, said that the conditions in the global pulses market are not favourable which is eventually diluting the impact of Government’s steps.
“Paying heed to the strong demand from farmers and traders for lifting ban on export of pulses, the Government opened doors for exports but things are not falling in place and prices are stilling trailing. We are happy that the ban was removed but everyone is dissatisfied to see that the prices of most of the varieties are not moving upwards,” he said.

It is important to note that export of pulses was banned for the past 10 to 11 years that has drastically changed the global market for pulses.
“Major consumers who used to buy pulses from India are now taking the commodity from bulk suppliers based in countries like Myanmar and Tanzania. As soon as India put restriction of export of pulses, suppliers in Myanmar and Tanzania started prospering and today they are competing with the India,’ Motwani explained.

Another trader, on a condition of anonymity, said that the Government took so long to lift the ban. “Apart from this, the policy makers should have stopped import of pulses before allowing its export. This could have brought harmony in demand and supply,” he said.

One of the farmers, who also preferred not to be quoted, said that his income would squeezed because of falling prices of pulses. “I am sitting on huge stock of pulses but there is no excitement in the markets. We were expecting some concrete steps from the Government to bring in stability in the trade and safeguard the interests of farmers,” he said.