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Tur producers urge centre for ending curb-free pulses imports

According to the sources, after the dropping of the tur prices below the minimum support price (MSP) at the start of harvest season, farmers in Karnataka have sought the Prime Minister’s intervention urging the government to reconsider the decision on allowing imports without any restrictions or place curbs on the import volume to safeguard the growers’ interest. To recall, the Centre had recently extended the free imports of pulses such as tur, urad and moong, which could be brought into the country till June 2022. In this context, the Karnataka Pradesh Red Gram Growers Association has written to the Prime Minister to reconsider the import of pulses, especially tur/arhar/red gram, during the current crop year. In its letter Association said, “We apprehend permitting import of pulses under free category may be harmful to the interest of the farmers. The pulses seeds market especially tur is going to fall down and farmers will be put into hardships in their income. Meanwhile, arrivals of the tur crop, grown in the Kharif season, has started from mid-December in Karnataka and Maharashtra among others. Modal prices across various markets are trading between Rs 4,500 and Rs 6,000 per quintal, lower than the minimum support price of Rs 6,300 per quintal.