New Delhi: State-run MMTC on Monday invited bids for import of 21,000 tonnes of pulses to be delivered between April and May.
Bids will close on 5 April and decision on the tender will be taken by 12 April, the company said on its website.
MMTC said that the bidders should import 12,000 tonnes of green moong, 3,000 tonnes each of chana (black mapte), tur (pigeon peas) and green lentil grown in the 2010 crop year.
The pulses should be sourced from Myanmar, Australia, China, Tanzania, Canada and the US and bidders should quote for a minimum quantity of 2,000 tonnes, it said.
The shipment should reach Chennai, Mumbai, Vizag and Kakinada ports between April and May, it added.
To augment domestic supplies, the government has asked public trading firms such as MMTC, PEC, STC and cooperative Nafed to import pulses.
The country’s pulses production averages between 14 and 15 million tonnes, while the domestic demand stands at 17-18 million tonnes. The gap is filled through imports.