afta wrote a letter to modi against the government’s move to collect details of the stock of pulses
To curb the rising prices of pulses, the Center on 18 May directed the state governments to take action against hoarding of pulses by directing all importers, traders, mill owners and stockholders to disclose the quantity of stock they hold.
Saying that any action taken under the Essential Commodities (EC) Act will create ‘panic’ in the industry, the Delhi-based Agricultural Farmers and Trade Association (AFTA) said, “It will hinder easy arrangements for doing business.” And the inspector will encourage Raj. Which is against the need for freedom to do business in these difficult times. ”
In a letter to the Prime Minister, the organization has said that the government should adopt other measures like reducing the import duty on pulses. No action under the Essential Commodities Act will meet the country’s needs as the prices of other pulses are below the minimum support price (MSP).
AFTA Secretary General Sunil Kumar Baldeva said in the letter, “We request you to kindly look into the matter as well as reconsider verifying the stock under the EC Act to avoid any other disruptions in the market” . ”
The market price of pulses has always been around the government-determined MSP. For example, prices of moong and gram are lower than MSP rates, while arhar and urad prices are 5-7 percent higher than MSP.
In addition, this trade body said that the mandis are not able to work continuously due to the epidemic, due to which farmers are facing ‘difficulties’ in supplying these commodities to the mandis.
It said that farmers are unable to sell their produce to Nafed, due to which Nafed has been able to procure only four lakh tonnes of gram so far, as against 21.8 lakh tonnes in the same season last year.
The letter has been written after a meeting with pulses traders and farmers from various states in a meeting held on 22 May.
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