Odisha urges Centre for supply of pulses

Bhubaneswar: Concerned over the acute shortage of pulses in the state resulting in the steep hike in its price, the Odisha government on Thursday urged the Centre to make adequate arrangement for supply of additional pulses at the earliest.

Announcing this to the media, Food Supply and Consumer Welfare minister Sanjay Dasburma said the state government has requested the Centre to expedite the process for supply of additional pulses through MMTC.

“We have told them to supply pulses through MMTC (Metal and Mineral Trading Corporation),” Dasburma said.

Stating that the production of pulses in the country has come down by 25 percent due to scanty rainfall this year, the minister said due to the shortfall in the production, the price of the pulses has skyrocketed.

He, however, hoped that price of the pulses would come down by mid-November.” We expect that the normalcy will return by Mid-November when the new crop arrives the market”, the minister added.

While price of arhar dal has crossed Rs 160 per kg as against Rs 84 per kg in May, moong dal is selling at Rs 120 per kg.