The government has lifted ban on export of tur, urad and moong dal to help farmers get remunerative prices. However, exports of these varieties of pulses can be undertaken after taking permission from agri export promotion body Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). At present, only organic pulses and kabuli chana are allowed to be shipped in a limited quantity.
Exports should be made through customs electronic data interchange (EDI) ports. Exports through Bangladesh and Nepal border will be allowed subject to registration of quantity with the DGFT.
This step will improve the returns to farmers and potentially open up greater investments in the sector. The country’s pulses production has touched a record of 22.4 million ton in 2016-17 crop year (July-June) as against 16.35 million ton in the previous year on account of encouragement from the government.