Pulses import to hit local farmers: Sharad Yadav

Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav said the government should have waited a little longer because domestic crops of chana will be available in October-November, and arhar crops in January-February.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 18, 2016 4:10 am
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Opposing the Centre’s plan to import chana and arhar dal from Brazil, JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav Saturday said although the government’s move to create a buffer stock is welcome as it will ensure stabilisation of prices of pulses, any such buffer should be created with domestic produce and not through import.

“It is the government’s duty to protect the interests of the poor (by creating buffer stock and checking inflation), but it should not be done at the cost of the poor farmer,” Yadav said.

He said the government should have waited a little longer because domestic crops of chana will be available in October-November, and arhar crops in January-February. The imported dal will come in during the same time and will lead to a crash of prices for Indian farmers, he said.