Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 12:
The Odisha government today appealed to the people not to panic over the high prices of dal saying it had imported 2500 metric tonne of pulses to stabilise the price of the commodity in the state.
The state government is awaiting the consignment of pulses to rein in the ever-increasing prices of the essential commodity that has already breached the Rs 150 mark and is hopeful that the demand-supply pressure would ease in next 15 days.
“We import pulses from states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh as we are a consuming state. NAFED has procured around 2500 metric tonne pulses from outside. There is no need to panic as the production has been affected due to the fragile weather across the country. The wholesale price of dal has gone down by Rs 500 a quintal. The new crop would be harvested in 15 days to one month’s time. We are taking steps to stablise the Odisha market,” Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Das Burma said today.
The surge in prices of pulses in Odisha in the last six months has hit the common man hard.
Meanwhile, collectors have been asked to keep a close watch on black merketeers in their respective districts to contain the price rise, the minister informed.
“The district collectors have been asked to hold meetings with wholesale and retail businessmen in order to put a check on the rising prices of pulses. They have to publish the prices in the media as well as put it up on the board as declared price,” Das Burma added.
On the other hand, traders attribute the prise rise of the pulses to the fluctuating prices in the international market.
As there has been a shortfall in pulse production in countries like Myanmar, Australia and New Zealand, it is having its effect in the Indian market too. The importers are buying it in higher prices so they are impacting the retail market. Moreover, unseasonal rains in Uttar Pradesh, which is the major supplier of pulses to our state, have hit pulses production. In this scenario, imports will push the domestic prices upwards, a trader said.