Price of tur dal, other pulses likely to shoot up: Traders

Anvita Srivastava
Monday, 27 May 2019

The rates of tur dal (pigeon pea) are expected to rise again owing to less rainfall. The kharif crop is prominently grown in Marathawada region of the State.

Pune: The rates of tur dal (pigeon pea) are expected to rise again owing to less rainfall. The kharif crop is prominently grown in Marathawada region of the State. Its production was badly affected due to less rainfall in the region. According to The Poona Merchant’s  Chamber, the wholesale price of tur dal has seen a sharp increase by Rs 10 over the last month.

Like tur, rates of other pulses including urad dal (black gram lentils), moong dal (small yellow lentils) and chana dal (split chickpeas) too has seen an increase in their prices by Rs 5. 

Chamber President Popatlal Ostwal said, “There was a surge in the prices of pulses since April. In last one and half month, wholesale prices of tur dal has increased from Rs 70 to Rs 80 per kg. The prices of other pulses have increased as well.” 

Currently, the retail price of tur dal is Rs 90 to Rs 95 per kg, while other pulses cost from Rs 60 to Rs 80 per kg.

Ostwal mentioned that the drought in Marathwada was one of the main reasons for the price hike. He said, “The recent drought in Marathwada and in some regions of Vidarbha has affected the production of pulses. Since most of them are Kharif season crop, due to less rainfall, there was less production.”

“The production of other kharif season crops like jowar and bajri, which are grown in Marathwada too was less.”

“The prices of these food grains have also increased by Rs 10 to 15 in last one month,” added Ostwal.

Ostwal informed that there will be a further rise in the price of tur dal. 

He said, “The next harvesting season will start from September. It was expected that tur dal might see a further increase in price by the end of July. However, that mostly depends on the demand.”

Vijay Rathod, owner of Moolchand and Sons, wholesale trader of pulses and food grains in Marketyard, said, “As compared to the previous years, there was almost 30 per cent of less production of pulses due to the drought in Maharashtra. Hence, there was an increase in price of the pulses. However, there was an alarming price rise of Rs 10 in tur dal while other pulses’ prices have increased by only Rs 5.”

“Since previous years, production was good and we were well-stocked, there was no huge price rise, else the situation could have worsened,” added Rathod.

“Due to drought in Maharashtra, the production of pulses has reduced by 30 to 40 per cent this year. Since we were well stocked with previous year’s produce, the prices of tur dal were stable, else they would have touched Rs 100 per kg. As pulses are an essential commodity in every household, we were also importing tur dal and other pulses from states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan to cater to the demand,” said Federation of Association of Maharashtra and wholesale pulses trader in Marketyard director Nitin Nahar.

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