BAN ON EXPORT OF DOLLAR GRAM CHANA LIFTED TO MITIGATE FARMERS’ DISTRESS
Date : 21 Feb 2007
Location : New Delhi
ban on export of pulses was imposed, during June last year, in order to check
price rise. A number of representations were received in the Department of
Commerce, that because of a general ban on export of pulses, prices of Dollar
Gram (chana), which is not used as pulse but exported in its primary form, have
plummeted. This particular variety of chana is primarily grown in Malwa region
of Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
reports that the prices have fallen between Rs.2000 to Rs.2300, as against the
last year prices of Rs.4000 to Rs.4500 per quintal.
were reports that a few farmers have contemplated suicide since they are not
able to meet even half the cost of cultivating this chana. To mitigate the
farmers’ distress condition, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry Shri Kamal
Nath in consultation with Shri Sharad Pawar, Union Minister for Agriculture and
Minister of consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, decided to lift the
ban on export of this particular variety of chana. Accordingly, Department of
Commerce have issued Notification No.48 dated 20-02-2007, allowing export of
Dollar Chana under permission granted by Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).
The regional offices of DGFT at Bhopal and Hyderabad are being authorised to
issue these permissions.