Centre allows export of pulses, imposes QR on import of some varieties to help farmers

 The Centre on Wednesday allowed export of pulses and levied import duty and quantitative restriction (QRs) on some variety of pulses to support domestic farmers and reduce dependency on imported agriculture items, particularly pulses and edible oils.
The trade policy measures include 60 per cent import duty on chickpeas, 50 per cent on yellow peas and raising import duty on lentils to 30 per cent from 10 per cent.
In addition, the government had imposed quantitative restrictions of up to 2 lakh tonnes per year on import of pigeon pea (tur) from August 5, 2017, up to 3 lakh tonnes on urad and moong from August 21, 2017 and up to 1 lakh tonne on import of peas for three months up till June 2018.

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