New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Consignments of more imported pulses and wheat have reached Indian ports to help bridge shortage in the domestic production, the food and civil supplies ministry said Monday.
'Imported consignments of 19,522 tonnes of urad and 4,379 tonnes of moong pulses were received by Indian ports on Aug 25,' an official statement said.
Of the imported pulses received so far, the government-notified agency National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) has already sold 9,470 tonnes of urad and 100 tonnes of moong at Chennai at prices ranging from Rs.3,050 to Rs.3,325 per tonne for urad and Rs.3,125 per tonne for moong.
Depending on imports for almost 50 percent of its domestic requirement, India has stepped up imports to check rising prices on reports of a severe shortage.
On wheat imports, the ministry said 294,761 tonnes of wheat in six vessels were received by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) till Aug 27.
'One vessel is currently at Chennai port. It has discharged 21,000 tonnes of wheat out of a total consignment of 50,678 tonnes. Four other vessels have arrived at the Visakhapatnam, Cochin and Mundra ports with 210,000 tonnes of wheat and are undergoing quality check,' the ministry stated.
The quality check of imported wheat was being undertaken following concerns voiced by the southern states, where the wheat will be supplied, that inferior produce might have been imported with the relaxation of quality norms.
India is importing wheat after seven years, mainly to meet the buffer stock requirements.